The Polar Academy

The Polar Academy identifies ‘invisible’ 14-17 years old secondary school children, crushed by a lack of self-esteem and gives them the chance to redefine their physical and mental limits.

Participants are put through a rigorous ten-month training programme before being immersed in the wilds of Greenland, navigating through some of the world’s remotest terrain for ten days.  Their confidence soars with every step. 

On their return to Scotland, each pupil shares their experiences with their peer groups, speaking to more than 20,000 school children in their region.  They are living, breathing proof that dreams are attainable and that ordinary pupils can achieve the truly extraordinary.

Since the inception of the Academy, the small yet highly successful team have created and delivered a number of successful programmes and expeditions relying on the support of Patrons, corporate supporters and trusts and foundations. Since inception, Craig and his senior team with support from families involved, have raised all of the money themselves to ensure thousands of children and young people in Scotland and Greenland benefit from this unique and life changing opportunity.

However, in 2021 a new and ambitious phase in the Polar Academy’s history began; expanding the Academy’s activity in line with the organisation’s ambitious international growth plan and pushing the physical boundaries of the organisation across the UK and Norway.

Watch our video of a previous expedition to learn more.

The Polar Academy Teams - 2021/22

Stranraer Academy

Stranraer Academy

Courtney A 
Adam A 
Abbie A 
Tyler B 
Robert B 
Daniel B 
Amber H 
Innes L 
Ellie M 
Elouise M 
Lewis R 
Molly S 
Gabriella T 
Iona W 
Edward W 
Alicia R (Head Teacher)

Bo'ness Academy

Bo'ness Academy

Niamh A 
Kyle B 
Katie B 
Jack D 
Bruce F 
Jack G 
Connor G 
Erin K 
Jesse K 
Jessica L 
Arianna L 
Sophie M 
Eva M 
Lewis M 
Innes P 
Yasmynn L (Teacher) 
Rachel W (Teacher)