Appleby College

Appleby College
The Young Explorers' Trust (YET)

The Young Explorers' Trust (YET)

February 09, 2010 14:19 ET

Appleby College Becomes First School in World to Demonstrate Corporate Compliance With British Standard (BS) 8848

OAKVILLE, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 9, 2010) - Appleby College has become the first school in the world to demonstrate corporate compliance with British Standard (BS) 8848 in respect to its international service program. This incredible achievement speaks volumes about Appleby's global reputation and will help the school position itself for even greater opportunities for student international service experiences.

For more than 15 years, through both Appleby College International Service Projects and Round Square-a worldwide association of more than 80 schools-Appleby's students have participated in service trips that promote global awareness, respect for differing world views and new models of co-operation.

Compliance with BS 8848 indicates that the systems, processes and policies regarding international service trips provides for: the safety of those traveling, risk analysis, the competence and experience of the project leaders, budget, environmental concerns, and the value of the expedition to participants. The independent, third party verification of this compliance is valid for three years with an annual review.

"We are very pleased to have had the opportunity for this external evaluation of our systems. From our research, the BS 8848 is the highest benchmark globally that we can test our systems against with respect to safety. Appleby can now be certain that its international programs, a rich set of intercultural educational experiences for its students, are being run in such a way that safety is assured to the highest standards known," said Rob McGuiness, assistant head of school, global education, and director, intercultural and experiential programs.

The process began six months ago and involved an independent assessment by Young Explorers Trust (YET), the United Kingdom's national association of youth exploration societies. It culminated in two intensive evaluation days with YET members that included interviews with Appleby senior administrators, school international trip leaders and students and an examination of Appleby's school risk management procedures regarding its international service projects. Appleby met the high standards set by YET and was awarded YET approval and as such, demonstrated compliance with BS 8848.

"YET's visit was a landmark occasion. The British Standard took on its first international compliance and proved that its objectives are not only relevant to our British shores, but are equally applicable and successful further afield. I hope that this gives confidence to more schools to embrace the British Standard and its aims," said Liz Gray, YET council member. "The fact that Appleby College has invested so much time and energy into aligning its procedures and systems to the British Standard speaks volumes both for the integrity of the school and the careful safety ethos it delivers to its students and employees."

About Appleby College

Appleby College is an independent school for more than 755 young men and women in Grades 7 to 12. Founded in 1911, Appleby offers a university preparatory education to both boarding and day students. The curriculum offers an exceptionally diverse education that combines rigorous academics with dynamic arts, athletics and community service. For more information, visit

About The Young Explorers' Trust (YET)

The Young Explorers' Trust, established in 1972, is an independent national charity dedicated to promoting safe and responsible expeditions for young people provided by charitable, commercial and independent education organizations. In so doing, YET aims to give young people the opportunity to widen their experience and education by taking part in exploration, discovery and challenging adventure which develops the personal qualities of service, self-sufficiency and leadership. Underpinning this aim is the belief that safe and responsible expeditioning by young people encourages greater social and cultural understanding and environmental responsibility. YET strives to represent the interests of its membership by lobbying, networking and being represented at the highest and widest possible levels in all matters pertaining to youth expeditions. For more information, visit

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