Middle School

Health & Wellbeing Immersion Day

Year 7 pupils were delighted to welcome Tori James – the only Welsh woman to have climbed Everest and the inspiration for our House James to the school.

Tori was with us as part of year 7 ‘climb’ to better health and wellbeing and encouraged the pupils to dream big and remain determined.

The immersion day started with an inspirational talk from Tori who told the pupils about her experience in climbing Everest and how important mental toughness and resilience to succeed at a challenge are.

Inspired by Tori the pupils completed a 9K sponsored walk/run to raise money for the mental health charity Young Minds and made their own energy bites in nutrition lessons.

Pupils thoroughly enjoyed the day and learnt a lot about what it takes to make their climb. Well done all and huge thanks to Tori who complimented our curriculum so well during our immersion day!

Tori James, at the age of 25, became the youngest British women and the first Welsh woman to climb to the summit of Mount Everest. Tori is a multi-talented individual with a passion for extreme adventure in sub-zero temperatures. She grew up on a farm in Pembrokeshire where she claims to have gathered much of her toughness for venturing outside in all weather.

In May 2005, The Pink Lady PoleCats became the first ever all-female team to complete The Polar Challenge, a gruelling 360 mile race to the Magnetic North Pole racing through polar bear territory, across constantly shifting sea ice and battling against temperatures of -40°C.

In 2010, Tori cycled the length of New Zealand, a total of 2400km unsupported from north to south.

In June 2014 Tori was part of the Beeline Britain team who became the first to travel in a straight line from Land’s End to John O’Groats in aid of BLESMA (the British Limbless Ex-Servicemen’s Association). Their 1,100km journey involved sea kayaking, road cycling, mountain biking and hiking.

Tori lives in Cardiff and works across Wales and internationally. She is a motivational speaker and consultant delivering leadership training, team and youth development projects. Tori has led teams in both corporate and charitable organisations in sectors including aviation, entrepreneurship and sport.

Tori is the President of Girlguiding Cymru, a Fellow of British Exploring and an ambassador for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in Wales. In November 2014, Tori received a ‘Points of Light’ Award by the Prime Minister in recognition of outstanding volunteering over the last 10 years.