Duke Of Edinburgh Easter Expeditions Practice Makes Perfect

The end of the Easter Holidays saw this year’s Gold and Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award participants out on their practice expeditions.

A key part of the Duke of Edinburgh Award, the expedition provides an unforgettable experience that improves team and leadership skills, builds confidence and provides a rucksack full of memories.

38 Silver pupils travelled to the White Peak for two days of walking and two nights camping. They walked through beautiful Dovedale and along the Manifold Way. The pupils were split into six teams and they all successfully completed their practice expedition. We have some pupils who have gone directly on to the Silver Award and it was very pleasing to see the Bronze ‘old hands’ supporting them so well.

14 Gold students travelled to the Lake District for three days of walking and three nights camping. In two teams they walked from Keswick to Buttermere and on to Borrowdale via the Honister Pass and then to Castlerigg Stone Circle to the east of Keswick and Derwent Water.

The weather was fairly kind for both expeditions – dry but cold for Silver although a little wetter for Gold, so reasonable conditions for walking and not too many soggy socks or wet waterproofs to contend with.

Will Bower, Head of Outdoor Education, said, “I was very impressed with all the groups as were instructors and I was particularly pleased for those Silver pupils who hadn’t done Bronze previously as it is such a steep learning curve.”

The pupils will now start planning for their qualifying expeditions; Gold in Snowdonia and Silver in the Dark Peak near Kinder Scout and Edale.

It was a very successful Duke of Edinburgh weekend. Let us hope the Bronze Award practices in mid-May go as well. We have a record number of pupils, 116, tackling the Bronze Award this year!