Well done to our Year 12 students who have successfully completed the expedition phase of the Silver Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. The group trekked around 40km across the Peak District carrying their own tents and provisions. As part of the challenge they had to trek and explore for a minimum of seven hours per day.
The students started in Ilam Hall country park and ended three days later in Millers Dale. Mr Hooper said: ‘It was remotely supervised so we dropped them off and they planned their route and timings. The assessor briefed them before they set off and they arranged to meet at certain points. He wanted to see them cook and put their tents up. They passed with flying colours.
'They had fantastic weather the first day and got worse as the expedition went on. They have been a really good group and this expedition counts towards a quarter of the overall award, they also have to do skills, physical and volunteering tasks. The skill can be anything of their choice such as playing an instrument or learning to bake. For volunteering hey need to do an hour a week for between three to six months depending on whether they already have their bronze award. The physical activity has to raise their heart rate above a certain level. It is a tough programme. They have prepared as part of the IEC programme and have learned navigation skills, camp craft and first aid.
‘Their biggest challenge was walking the distance while carrying enough food, water and equipment for three days as they had a weight limit of a quarter of their own body weight. They have to do exploring so one of the groups was studying trail erosion so they have to plan their route meticulously so they can explore and document their data. The expedition was a real success and the students were impeccably behaved and organised throughout.’