Big Rock Climbing Centre hosts first ever schools competition

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The city’s Big Rock Climbing Centre played host to seven schools from across the country for the Climbing Festival on Monday.

The schools, all part of the Cognita Group, took part in the group’s first ever climbing competition.

Cognita’s Director of Education, Geraint Jones, said: “More than 50 pupils aged between 11 and 18 gathered for this exciting competition.

“The Big Rock Climbing Centre in Milton Keynes was chosen for its great facilities, including an 11-metre high climbing wall and bouldering area.”

Teams of eight students took part from the following schools: Akeley Wood School, Buckingham; Quinton House School, Northampton; Sackville School, Kent; Hydesville Tower School, Walsall; Long Close School, Slough; Meoncross School, Hampshire; and Hendon Prep School, Hendon.

The overall winners were Akeley Wood School from Buckingham, with Quinton House School, Northampton coming second and Meoncross School, Fareham, Hampshire taking third place.

The individual winner was Luke Crofts from Quinton House School who achieved a perfect 130 out of 130.