From Wednesday the 28th to Friday 30th July, sixteen Y10 students completed their Silver DofE Qualifying Expedition. Students set out from Whaley Bridge in some very tough conditions which didn’t improve at all during the day. After crossing a field with a very excitable horse the students successfully navigated their way to the campsite at Hayfield. Pitching the tents was pretty difficult in torrential rain but they worked together and got the camp set up.
After torrential rain continued through the night the students set out on day two with very wet an heavy kit. The students showed excellent navigation in tough visibility as they crossed over the top of the moor and into Edale. Towards the end of the day the rain let up and the students were able to pitch tents in pretty dry conditions enjoying fantastic views over to Mam Tor.
On day three students were visited by the Principal, Mr Jones, who had very kindly ordered some sunshine. The weather was set fair and the students started their journey into Castleton via Hollins Cross. In true DofE fashion the day wouldn’t have been complete without some rain which began to fall as the students approached the Three Rooftops Café in Castleton where we enjoyed well deserved cake and hot chocolate.
Well done to all involved on a very successful expedition. The DofE Assessor spoke very highly of the group as did several members of the public who complemented the group on their attitude and manners. We hope that you all continue your DofE journey in the future with the incentive of a Gold Award presentation at the Palace.