Y12 DofE Silver Assessed Expedition Success

Gina Murphy / Categories: News

Y12 DofE Silver Assessed Expedition Success

Friday, 12 - Sunday, 14 July 2019

The School ran its first DofE Silver Award Assessed Expedition in well over 5 years, with ten of our Year 12 students taking part over the weekend of 12-14 July.

After a challenging Practice Expedition, a month earlier where a number of valuable lessons were learnt, the group felt well prepared and confident as they embarked on three day’s walking and 2 night’s camping in the Peak District.

Split into two teams of 5, Day One saw both teams dropped off in Bradwell to make their way to Castleton before finding walking up Barker Bank and along the ridge to Mam Tor, where they checked in with staff and were rewarded with stunning 360o views of the Peak District and the Derbyshire Dales. After an impromptu yoga session to ease out stiff hips and backs, they then continued down to Edale where they camped for the night, cooking up some impressive evening meals.

On morning of Day Two, the exertion of the previous day had had its effect but both groups walked over to Upper Booth Farm and successfully took on the climb up Jacob’s Ladder despite heavy legs and tired heads. Once up on the high ground, they made swift work of the first half of the Edale Horseshoe before dropping back down to Edale to pitch their tents once more in time to cook and relax before bedding down for the night.

On the final day, both groups chose to start out early in order to secure an early finish. They made their way East out of Edale then headed up and out of the Hope Valley and over to Lady Bower reservoir, where they ended their expedition reflecting on their experiences with their assessor, Mrs Donnelly and supervisor, Miss Adamson.

All 10 students were superb throughout, demonstrating faultless navigation, very good camp craft and, most importantly, fantastic teamwork, resilience and good humour. All felt a true sense of achievement and were rightly proud of their efforts. As their leaders, we couldn’t have hoped for a better group to re-establish DofE Silver with; we’re very proud of you!

The Year 12 Silver Group 2018-19 and their leaders would like to thank the J G Bird Trust for their support for our expanding DofE programme, which allows us to guarantee a place on DofE for all our Year 12 students that choose to apply.

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