40 Year 10 students have had the opportunity to complete the Silver level Duke of Edinburgh’s Award by completing a gruelling walking expedition for 3 days over the Purbeck Hills. Despite some restrictions due to Covid, students have been planning and training for the challenge all year. The expedition involved teams navigating a route over three days, working as a team, respecting the countryside code and demonstrating good campcraft skills including cooking on camping stoves. During the assessment phase students worked independently with remote supervision in an unfamiliar area.

Students commented on how demanding the terrain was and that it was really challenging in the hot weather. They also were amazed how stunning the Purbeck area is. One parent commented how the experience has made his daughter more confident and that she is now keen to walk more in the countryside and show her parents the views and sights she has seen. DOE Co Ordinator Mr Salmon stated the students did an amazing job on a challenging route in very hot conditions. They worked well in teams looking after each other and learnt a great deal about themselves as well as the more technical aspects of campcraft, navigation and about the environment. The reports from the independent assessors were all outstanding so I am very proud.