Duke of Edinburgh students complete Silver Award expedition

Duke of Edinburgh students complete Silver Award expedition

Year 11 students from the Wey Valley School completed their Silver Duke of Edinburgh walking expedition in the Quantock Hills in Somerset. Students planned a three day walk crossing the full length of the Quantock Hills independently camping in remote areas and being fully self-sufficient under the scrutiny of a Duke of Edinburgh Assessor.

Students had to carry all the equipment and food for the three days and contend with a range of weathers from hot and sunny at the start to gale force winds and rain on day 3. They also had to navigate through a series of check points and demonstrate exceptional camp craft skills.

Duke of Edinburgh Co-ordinator and PE teacher, Mr Salmon commended the Year 11 groups, ‘ I am very proud of group’s progress on this course and they have learned essential skills along the way which included technical skills as well developing personal skills, including resilience, team work and problem solving’.   Mr Salmon added, ‘The teams walked 7 hours each day over varied terrain in a new area for them; the Quantocks are a designated area of outstanding  beauty and the students commented on the stunning landscape, which is so close to home.’

Duke of Edinburgh Assessor Richard Edgeley congratulated the Year 11 group, ‘All four teams successfully completed a challenging 3 day expedition in the Quantocks Area. Given the weather on the final day they were amazing and showed great teamwork and resilience. They are a credit to the school.

The DOE Award is open to all students in Years 9 – 11 at the Wey Valley School with Year 10 students up next in the Spring for their expedition.