Ryan, 15, set to climb to highest classroom on earth at Everest

Published on: 26 Sep 2013

Ryan House

A TEENAGER from Mangotsfield is preparing to scale the dizzy heights of Base Camp at Mount Everest.

Ryan House will experience the ultimate once-in-a-lifetime opportunity after being selected as part of a team undertaking The Highest Classroom on Earth challenge.

The 15-year-old is one of just ten students with complex learning difficulties and challenging behaviour to make it through the arduous selection programme.

Later this month Ryan will climb to Everest Base Camp and then on to Kala Patthar, which is 1,500ft above Base Camp. He will be accompanied by his mentor and student support worker Rich Crossley, along with sporting legends, business mentors and a BBC film crew.

Ryan, a student at New Horizons Learning Centre in Kingswood, a secondary school for students with behavioural, emotional and social difficulties, was certainly put through his paces during the selection process.

The last qualifying expedition was a mammoth climb of the three peaks in Wales - CadairIdris, Pen y Fan and Snowdon - in just a 24 hour period. At the end of the challenge, 16 students were whittled down to just ten, including Ryan.

Tania Craig, executive headteacher at New Horizons Learning Centre, said: “This is an amazing achievement for Ryan, following months of hard work and training, as well as gruelling challenges to get to the stage of selection. We are all very proud of Ryan and are looking forward to him being able to show us the photos and talk to us about the experience when he returns. It is a life changing opportunity!”

She said the school now faces the challenge of raising the £6,000 to enable Ryan to take part.

 “We do not want the money to be the sticking point, so we are frantically fundraising in advance of the trip,” she said.

“If anyone would like to support Ryan in this challenge, we would welcome any donations.”

The Just Giving Page for donations can be found at www.justgiving.com/HighestClassroom-RyanHouse

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