Three groups of Year 10 students have been working hard since the beginning of the year to train for their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. They have to complete 4 sections; Volunteering, Skills, Physical and Expedition.

The students have independently been working on the first 3 sections and many are nearly complete now. We have mainly been focussing on the expedition section in school. The expedition training has included one training day in school where they learnt all the map skills that they would need to put into practice. This was then followed up with a training walk in the Forest of Bere where they used these skills and navigated their way round a circular route, stopping for lunch on the way. In May, they completed their second training day in school where they learnt the more practical skills of camp craft such as cooking on a stove, putting up tents, how to pack a rucksack and comparing camping meals. In the middle of June, they went out on their first practice expedition in the New Forest. They started on Saturday morning and walked for 6 hours to Tile Barn Campsite in Brockenhurst. They then set up camp, cooked their dinner before going to bed and doing it all again on Sunday! They quickly learnt the importance of team work, looking around them and how to survive without a phone! They will complete their expedition section at the end of term when they go to Beaulieu area for 2 days. They have been a delightful group of students to work with and it has been lovely to see them grow and learn in an unfamiliar environment. I’d also like to thank Mrs Kaye, Mrs Hoey, Mr Ford, Mrs Marsden-Broad and Mrs Valleley for their time, effort and enthusiasm. It wouldn’t have been possible without them!