PUPILS from Priory School are making preparations for a trip to Iceland.
Next summer, 14 students from the Southsea school are taking part in a two-week expedition to a remote part of the country.
To prepare the pupils for the gruelling task, they took part in a training camp over three days on the South Downs.
During their training students had to navigate difficult terrain, learn how to use the equipment provided, build a campsite and develop team-building skills.
In September last year, Bohunt Education Trust sponsored the school and is keen to provide students with skills in leadership and teamwork.
This expedition is the first of its kind the school has provided.
Priory headteacher James Humphries said: ‘The ambition and resolve of these students is remarkable.
‘This will start what we hope will be a long line of expeditions focused on science and community.
‘In doing this the students will develop more self-confidence.’