Silver Duke of Edinburgh

Back in July, 39 students embarked on their DofE practice expedition in the Ashworth Valley. All 39, now in Year 11, took on the challenge of their Silver DofE assessed expedition last week. The participants walked independently for seven hours on each of the three days carrying all they needed to be self-sufficient for the duration.

The beautiful Hope Valley in the Peak District was the setting this time and their routes took in the summit of Mam Tor, nearby Hollins Cross and the impressive Stanage Edge. The groups camped close to Bamford on the first night and then walked over to Edale to camp for the final night.

The weather was beautiful but the high temperatures added significantly to the physical challenge. With a few extra safety precautions in place the participants set off, kept going and met the requirements with developing confidence. Dr Lane joined me on expedition with leader/assessors from Sam Sykes Ltd and we saw the capability and competence of the groups grow daily.  We reflected frequently on the progress made since that first day of the practice expedition and all agreed it was nothing short of amazing. Well done to each and every one of the participants.

I am delighted to confirm all 39 students passed the independent assessment and so can look forward to their expedition section being signed off shortly. To achieve the coveted Silver award, they now have to complete their Volunteering, Physical and Skills sections and I’m delighted to see so many are getting on with these.

We also need to send our thanks to the staff at Sam Sykes Ltd, and also to Mr Fenwick, Ms Challinor and Mr Burgess who kindly ferried the groups to and from expedition area in the school minibuses.

Mr Eckersley