‘It’s a 50/50 chance we’re heading in the right direction…’

This past weekend 40 year 10 students, supported by 10 members of staff, undertook their Duke of Edinburgh practise expedition in the Peak District.

They were all excited as we made our way to the start location in Whaley Bridge. The students set off with enthusiasm and began to navigate their way around the countryside. ‘It’s a 50/50 chance we’re heading in the right direction’ was the best starting quote I heard. However, as the days progressed students were then able to improve their navigational skills and became much more accurate with their map reading skills... ‘We travel through the middle of two fields, until we reach the third field where we walk along the wall, until we come to a stile...’ (So much better!) Once we arrived at the campsite in Buxton, students dropped their bags and began to pitch tents, with some of them experiencing camping for the first time. Students also cooked their own meals on small stoves and although 2 lots of pasta were thrown across the fields, whilst trying to drain the water, the meals were a success! Students then navigated another 10km on the Saturday to their end location, back in Whaley Bridge.

Throughout the entire experience the students all showed the key attributes of leadership, teamwork, self-motivation, communication, confidence, consideration and the ability to learn - all of which employers are looking for. They were a pleasure to take out on the practise expedition and we’re hoping for the same (if not better) on their assessed expedition in July.

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