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The Duke Of Edinburgh's Award

Our inaugural group of Year 10 and 11 DofE students set out on their Bronze Qualifying and Silver Practice expeditions amidst the breathtaking landscapes of the Long Mynd in Shropshire. Over the Easter break, these young adventurers braved the elements, pushing their limits and stepping well and truly out of their comfort zones with a challenging three-day hike, covering approx. 50km.


Despite facing some of Britain's most relentless spring weather conditions – rain, wind, sleet, and even a touch of snow – the students rose to the challenge with solid determination. Their two (very cold) nights of wild camping became a test of endurance, resilience and spirit. However, teamwork emerged as the basis of their success - as, unified by a common goal, the students supported one another every step of the way; sharing lots of snacks, stories, and a few songs to keep morale high.


Having completed their Bronze Qualifying and Silver Practice expeditions, our students now turn their attention to the next phase of their DofE journey. For our Bronze award participants, this includes completion of their Skills, Physical, and Volunteering sections. Meanwhile, our Silver award group eagerly anticipates their next challenge – the qualifying expedition in the heart of North Wales this July (where we cross our fingers for drier weather!).