Students go up the wall

Testing out the bouldering wall at Ponteland High School are (top) Daniel Gallon,  head of the students climbing club, PE teacher Gordon Grier, (bottom) Chloe Simpson and Annabel Atkinson.

Testing out the bouldering wall at Ponteland High School are (top) Daniel Gallon, head of the students climbing club, PE teacher Gordon Grier, (bottom) Chloe Simpson and Annabel Atkinson.

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PONTELAND students are reaching new heights with a state-of-the-art bouldering wall.

The £20,000 facility covers two sides of the school gym at Ponteland High School.

It stands at 21metres long and includes two tricky overhanging sections, as well as a dozen different climbing problems.

It will be available to pupils at the school, as well as others in the area as an extra-curricular activity, while community groups can hire it.

The project aims to increase sporting and recreational opportunities.

It has been funded by South East Northumberland Recreation and Arts Committee, Ponteland Parish Council and a Sport England Sportsmatch Award.

Ponteland High Associate Headteacher Anita Brown said: “The Ponteland Bouldering Wall is a superb addition to our facilities and I’m sure it will attract lots of use from the local community over many years to come.”

She added: “We are deeply grateful to all of our partners in this exciting venture, which would not have been possible without their co-operation and generosity.”