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Duke of Edinburgh Expedition

Duke of Edinburgh Expedition

The Duke of Edinburgh Expedition, which took place between the 20th and the 22nd September, was a huge success. Students and staff were lucky with the weather and all participants were enthusiastic.

The expedition started on Friday evening, which was extremely busy with pupils arriving, setting up tents and cooking dinner with trangias. Pupils were excited about the adventures ahead of them and for the chance to show the assessors their skills and knowledge.

Saturday was a successful day for the majority of our groups.  The walks were long and there were a few moments where students lost their way, but staff were incredibly proud of them all for reaching Wormshill.   Students displayed perseverance and problem-solving skills, despite mishaps of broken bags and heavy loads.

On Sunday, the groups set off early after a good night’s sleep and hearty breakfast. All groups managed to get back to Bexon Lane, with seven of the nine groups passing the expedition qualification. The remaining two groups will need to complete a short walk using their navigation skills to get their Bronze qualification.

Most students now need to ensure the rest of their work for DofE is completed and signed off, in order to receive their hard-earned certificates and hopefully move on to the Silver Award. Mr Bridges, DofE Coordinator, is proud of all students and would like to extend his gratitude to the staff who assisted in organising and supporting the weekend. Holcombe would also like to thank parents and carers for their continued support.