Under the beating sun of the July heat wave, 30 pupils from Year 9, 10 and sixth form accompanied by Mr Calverley and his Duke of Edinburgh staff headed to the Dales. Following a successful training weekend where pupils honed their navigation, tent building and team work skills, the pupils were left to their own devices in order to pass their Bronze assessment. Setting off on Saturday morning, they navigated a route across the side of Whernside, one the famous three peaks, battled hot temperatures and limped into camp ready to recover for Sunday’s route.
Sunday brought cooler temperatures and beautiful views of the surrounding Dales. A shorter day in terms of distance but still carrying their own bags and carefully navigating their chosen route, all groups were successful and passed their assessment, a great achievement!
Duke of Edinburgh provides not only the opportunity to experience the countryside around us but for the pupils to volunteer, gain new skills and improve their fitness and to add a valuable qualification on to their CV. Well done to all the pupils for successfully completing their expedition and we look forward to the awards celebration in school.
Campfires to keep the midges away!
Preparation at the assessment training weekend was vital in passing our assessment.
Planning our food for the expedition.