173 Princethorpe Pupils Complete Their Duke Of Edinburgh Expeditions

Congratulations to all the Princethorpe pupils who have completed their Duke of Edinburgh Qualifying Expeditions in the last few weeks. An amazing achievement by all especially in the baking hot sunshine.

Unaccompanied and self-sufficient they have trekked and camped their way across Snowdonia (20 pupils for Gold), the Dark Peak (40 pupils for Silver) and the Cotswolds (113 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, commented, “Record numbers of Princethorpe pupils have embraced the challenge of the Duke of Edinburgh Award. They have 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. Pupils coped very well with hot conditions and the challenges they faced along the way.”

He continued, “We will be holding a celebration evening next year when pupils who have completed all of the sections of their Award will be presented with their certificates. Pupils should make sure they get all of their paperwork submitted as soon as possible.”

The Gold Award winners (pictured above) will also receive an invitation to visit St James Palace, in London, for an official presentation.

Princethorpe College has excellent completion rates for the Duke of Edinburgh Award, and is currently ranked third in Warwickshire in terms of successful participants.

Some images from the recent qualifying expeditions: