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Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Summer Expeditions

Silver Award News
6 pupils completed the school’s first Silver Award expedition in over 7 years at the end of term. 

cross 3 days and 2 nights, Joseph Bradley, Milo Briffett, Jake Ford, Euan Todd, Henry Gould and Lawrence Ward navigated their way around the Vale of the White Horse completing three days of on average 17 kms a day. 

The group planned their entire route. Their activity focused on Man’s impact on the environment, with findings ranging from the impact of litter and fly-tipping to new roads and railways, housing developments and burials. 

Gold Award News
Our first co-educational DofE group battled through mid-July’s heatwave across 4 days of walking on the exposed high moorland of Dartmoor. 

Their planned route went through several amendments as a result of firstly scheduled firing exercised by the MoD on the Merrivale and Wilsworthy ranges and secondly the 28-30 degrees Celsius heat. 

The group, comprised of Amelie Griffiths, Hebe Mason, Poppy Tyrrell, Max Brothers, Oskar Jordan-Barber and Patrick Redmond, dealt well with the heat and unfamiliar landscape, to finish their expedition with a final day’s push to reach Widecombe-in-the-Moor by lunchtime. Along the way they completed a video and photographic record of some of the myths and folklore of Dartmoor as well as some of the moor’s history.   

Mr Fec, Assistant Head Co-Curricular says "Both groups deserve great credit for their efforts at the end of a long summer term as well as battling the heat. Thanks are due to Mr Dodworth and Mr Bosher for assessing the Silver and Gold groups respectively and to Mrs Fec for assisting as supervisor on the Gold expedition."