161 Princethorpe Pupils Complete Duke of Edinburgh Expeditions

Congratulations to the 161 Princethorpe pupils who have completed their Duke of Edinburgh Qualifying Expeditions in the last two weeks. An outstanding effort and an amazing achievement!

Unaccompanied and self-sufficient they have trekked and camped their way across Snowdonia (14 pupils for Gold), the Dark Peak (38 pupils for Silver) and the Cotswolds (109 for Bronze), working together in teams to achieve their expedition objectives.

The Duke of Edinburgh Awards are recognised as the world’s leading youth achievement award. They provide young people with the opportunity to get involved, explore new interests, discover talents and make new friends.

Will Bower, Head of Outdoor Education, said, “This year record numbers of Princethorpe pupils have embraced the challenge of the Duke of Edinburgh Award. We are particularly pleased that pretty much equal numbers of girls and boys took part. They have all taken the opportunity to develop skills and try new experiences, pushing themselves both mentally and physically to be the best they can be. We are delighted with their commitment and enthusiasm, and very proud that so many have completed their expeditions. I was especially pleased that the assessors commented specifically on how well our pupils worked together and on how well they behaved.”

Mr Bower is planning a big celebration evening early next year when pupils who have completed all of the sections of their Award will be presented with their certificates (so make sure you get all of your paperwork submitted by October). The Gold Award winners (pictured above) will also receive an invitation to visit St James Palace, in London, for an official presentation.