BES Students Complete DofE Expeditions

The Year 11 girls on their Silver Award practice expedition earlier this month

Over the past few weeks, groups of Year 9 and Year 11 pupils have been heading off to carry out their highly-anticipated Duke of Edinburgh’s Award expeditions.

The Year 11s completed a three-day practice in the lovely, pastoral landscape of the White Peak District, with its rolling green fields and dry stone walls.

DofE Leader, Mr Clayton, commented: “The students mostly navigated their routes well, although one of the groups did make a few wrong turns along the way!”

A week later, ten Bronze groups crossed and re-crossed the Long Mynd in warm, glorious sunshine with gliders from the Midlands Gliding Club circling above them. They saw the amazing views westwards from the Mynd and met wild ponies grazing on the top.

Mr Clayton summed up: “Most found their route to camp in good time, though two groups had a very long, extensive tour of the forest, east of the Gliding Club, one marching round in a circle and ending up where they had started.”

“However, despite the warm temperatures and effort of carrying their heavy packs, all had a great time and successfully completed this section of the Award.”

Congratulations to all of the students who took part in this year’s Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards.

Pictured left: Year 11 boys on their DofE Silver Award practice expedition in Derbyshire’s White Peak District

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