A school on a mission to instill character and tenacity in its pupils is set to teach weekly lessons – in “Yorkshire Grit.”

Pupils at the independent school will spend an afternoon each week taking part in activities aimed at “challenging them, building their confidence and improving their mental and physical well-being”.

Charles Ellison, headmaster at Scarborough College, North Yorks., said pupils at the school had traditionally showed character and tenacity over the years due to the “seemingly natural resilience inherent in Yorkshire folk.”

Students in years seven, eight and nine will take part in activities such as sailing, surfing, boot camps, rock climbing, learning judo and expedition training.

They will also take part in course to teach them about public speaking, mindfulness and dealing with stress.

Mr Ellison said: “Throughout the decades of its history, pupils from Scarborough College have been recognised to have strong character traits which, alongside their excellent academic credentials, have ensured that they have made a real difference in the world they entered when finally leaving us.

“There are a number of reasons for this: exposure to a wealth of challenges daily, a can-do attitude in everything we take on, our beautiful and inspiring geographical location and the seemingly natural resilience inherent in Yorkshire folk.

“Our establishment of a course in Yorkshire Grit synthesises these elements into the timetable to make certain all of our local pupils fully nurture their Yorkshire genetics and that our international boarders assume important Yorkshire traits which will undoubtedly help them to grow as people and to flourish in a world that presents greater and greater challenges to our young people.”

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