The Polar Academy

The Polar Academy identifies ‘invisible’ 14-17 years old secondary school children, crushed by a lack of self-esteem and gives them the chance to redefine their physical and mental limits.

2018 Expedition

Ten pupils from Lochgelly High School in central Fife returned from their life-changing expedition to Arctic Greenland on Wednesday 18 April, to a hero’s welcome from their friends, family and local community.

The 14-16-year-old pupils, along with their very own head teacher Carol Ann Penrose, trained for months to ensure they were all physically and mentally equipped for the 10-day, 100km expedition in Eastern Greenland. In the Arctic, everyone hauled their own 45kg sledge, navigated, camped on the sea-ice and undertook scientific experiments in support of the Scottish school curriculum.

The Polar Academy’s founder, Craig Mathieson explained: “The Lochgelly High School expedition team should be proud of their incredible achievement after bravely stepping forward in order to make their lives better.  Each young person has already started their life-changing journey and can now seize the chance to shake off the shackles of self-doubt and despair.