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Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award Day Walks

Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award Day Walks

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23rd & 24th March 2019

Well done to 34 of our Year 10 Duke of Edinburgh participants who practiced their navigation on Saturday or Sunday. They covered a total distance of just under 8 miles and learned compass techniques and map-reading in preparation for their planned expeditions.

All our students did extremely well.

Mr J Cudworth – Duke of Edinburgh coordinator.

Special thank you to all voluntary staff who helped out over the weekend – Martyn Wilson, Mr Healey, Mrs Thompson – Miss Chadderton – Mrs Hugo – Miss Harvey.


by Mar 25, 2019 No Comments
Silver Duke of Edinburgh Awards

Silver Duke of Edinburgh Awards

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Congratulations to eleven of our past pupils who have achieved their Silver Duke of Edinburgh award. Over the past twelve months they have undertaken voluntary work within the local community, development of a skill and improved their physical fitness, trained and worked together to navigate for both training and assessed final expeditions walking distances of over 45k!
The students involved trained in the Yorkshire Dales and completed their final expedition climbing the mountainous terrain of the Lake District.

Kaitlan, Kian, Joand Beker have decided to step up to the prestigious gold level and I’m exceptionally pleased and looking forward to guiding them along this challenging journey!

Again, I would personally like to thank Martyn Wilson and Kate Harvey who kindly give up their time and volunteer to run the Duke of Edinburgh award, I simply cannot thank you enough for everything you do, the time you give and your experience when out on the hill with remote supervision, navigation, generally looking after our students and encouraging them along their expeditions is priceless.

Many thanks and congratulations!

Mr Jon Cudworth – Dofe Coordinator.

Pictured L-R: Jo, Kian, Garfieh, Beker, Molly, Holly, Rachel, Kaitlan

by Nov 11, 2018 No Comments
DofE Silver Training Expedition – October 2018

DofE Silver Training Expedition – October 2018

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Expedition: Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award Training Expedition
Dates: 12th-14th October 2018
Location: Peak District National Park
I would like to congratulate our year 11 students on a very challenging Silver training expedition, they battled against high wind, rain, cold temperatures and extreme windchill but still managed to keep positive!

Each and everyone of our students realised the importance of teamwork and challenging weather conditions, I am sure they will never forget their expedition in the Peak District!

Mr J Cudworth (DofE Co-ordinator)

Peak District – Silver DofE Training Expedition by Abbey Fogartaig – 11J

We arrived in the Peak District on Friday morning at approximately 10 am and the weather was cold, wet and windy. We all prepared to walk to our first checkpoint, each group planned to climb Mam Tor but due to the harsh wind/weather conditions Mr Cudworth decided that we had to change route, detour and find another way to get back on our original route.

Unfortunately, the weather didn’t clear and when we finally stopped for lunch, we had to eat our lunch in the pouring rain. However, we didn’t let the weather bring us down and we sang and laughed for the whole day!

Eventually each group made it to the campsite. We were lucky enough to have the rain clear, making it easier for us to pitch up our tents and cook tea. Once we had settled for the evening we played cards and later I played a few songs on guitar – everybody sang along together.
Later, some of us had a game of hide and seek but as it became dark we climbed into our tents, making sure to get plenty of sleep ready for day two.

We woke up the next morning to fine rain in the air. We all had breakfast and packed up our belongings ready to carry on our journey through the Peak District.

The weather started off miserable in the morning but as the day continued, the skies cleared and we were blessed with a little bit of sunshine!
The second day was very tiring, we couldn’t wait to get to the campsite to finally sit down and rest. When we arrived at the campsite we pitched our tents once again for the second and final night and cooked our meals. Sadly the second campsite didn’t allow music, so we spent the night chatting instead, and eventually returned to our tents to sleep ready for day three.

The weather on the final day was the worst out of the three days. We woke up to pouring rain and this made it even more difficult to get packed up ready for the day ahead. Although the weather was awful, the route we walked made up for it.

We walked across Stanage Edge which gave us the most incredible view of the rest of the Peak District.

We were able to eat our lunch at Robin Hood’s Cave and explore this amazing location, taking many photographs of the cave and surrounding area.
Once everyone had finished eating we carried on walking in the pouring rain, more eager to finally get back to the bus and rest after a long expedition over three days.

Eventually when our teachers arrived at the finishing location to collect us, we were relieved and excited to go home, but we were very grateful for the views we had encountered and the opportunity we were given. We can’t wait to do our final expedition!

Abbey Fogartaig – 11J (October 2018)

Many thanks to everyone involved. The Duke of Edinburgh award would not be possible without the kind volunteers who give up their time and weekends to give our students the opportunity to take part and accomplish such an amazing achievement.

Martyn Wilson – Thank you for your help in transporting essential equipment required for the expedition, as well as your experience, expertise, guidance and navigation training. Myself and our students from school cannot thank you enough.

Miss K Harvey – Thank you for giving up your time, and supporting every Duke of Edinburgh expedition at school. I can’t thank you enough for all your hard work and commitment. You are supportive and committed to the students involved and it’s obvious that you enjoy holding our expeditions together. Thank you.

Mr Jon Cudworth (DofE Co-ordinator)



by Oct 31, 2018 No Comments
Stormy Weather Fails to Dampen Spirits

Stormy Weather Fails to Dampen Spirits

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Our school’s Duke of Edinburgh organiser, Mr Cudworth would like to congratulate our year 11 students on one unbelievably difficult training DofE experience at the weekend – the last three days have seen some very challenging weather conditions, rain & wind, wind chill, etc.

Unfortunately, some of the planned routes had to be changed due to dangerous wind speeds, but everyone involved did exceptionally well. In addition to taking on some impressive navigation and well-executed decision making, the students’ unrelenting dedication to helping each other through the difficulties has made Mr Cudworth along with all our staff, so very proud and impressed with all of them. These students are an asset to the school at the highest level.

A full blow by blow account of the training weekend is to follow very soon, along with a selection of photos.



by Oct 15, 2018 No Comments
Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award Success for Year 10

Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award Success for Year 10

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This year eighteen of our Year 10 students have taken part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Programme and challenged themselves, pushing the boundaries of sport, skill, voluntary work, countryside expeditions with camping and map navigation over a number of days to achieve the required standard to pass their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award. Next year, they will all take on further challenges towards the Silver Award.

Well done and congratulations to everyone involved!

Mr J Cudworth. (Duke of Edinburgh Coordinator)


Want to get involved with our Duke Of Edinburgh programme? Check out our Duke Of Edinburgh page or speak to Mr Cudworth for more information.

by Jul 18, 2018 No Comments
Duke of Edinburgh Silver Final Expedition

Duke of Edinburgh Silver Final Expedition

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Date: Lake District – 30th June 2018 – 2nd July 2018
Route: Skelwith Bridge – Coniston – Torver – Seathwaite – Eskdale

Typical. Our final expedition was set to be in the middle of a heatwave, about the only time you don’t want temperatures in the high twenties and blazing sun all day. Luckily Mr Cudworth and our assessor, Pam, agreed to reduce the weight of our rucksacks so we set off with a lightened load across the beautiful Lake District National Park.

We set out into some woodland and then promptly got lost. Despite Kaitlan, from the other team, telling us the correct way to go. After what seemed like ages we finally found the path and were able to get back on track reaching our checkpoint on time. From then on we continued in fairly high spirits albeit very hot and sweaty passing through our checkpoints.

When we reached Coniston, Martyn suggested we go and see the grave of Sir Malcom Campbell; the land and water world speed record holder. So Beker and I did, however I had been expecting there to be some information about it (I’m not sure why) so was slightly disappointed it was just a grave.

Again we set off this time into fields, where we found a whole dead sheep skeleton so obviously we (Garfieh) carried the skull, which we named Larry, for most of the rest of the day.

We reached camp, set up our tents, ate tea and then went to bed earlier than usual (I think some of us were still feeling the after effects of prom). When we woke up the next morning everyone seemed surprised at how well they had slept considering the frozen nightmares of the practise.

The Yorkys left camp an hour early to try to escape the worst of the sun and we followed soon after. Unfortunately Ellie wasn’t very well so after checkpoint one she went back with Martyn and Miss Harvey whilst the rest of us set off up a mountain (Dow Crag 778m). We made steady progress up it and everyone was ecstatic when we reached the top and saw the stunning views, you could even see the Isle of Man. We were so excited we dumped our rucksacks and climbed to the very top with Mr Cudworth.

Eventually we set off down a very steep path, by the time we had made it to the bottom Molly and Kian had reached the end of 99 bottles of gin on the wall. Here we saw and felt the effects of the heat despite Beker insisting it wasn’t hot even though it was 29 degrees. Garfieh turned himself into a warrior using face paint and a wet towel and the Tarn had begun to dry up.

Ellie re-joined us at checkpoint 5 and we headed to the campsite where, as it was Holly’s 16th birthday the next day, we had a massive treat. Ice-cream! Which was delicious in the heat. After doing all the necessary jobs we headed to the river where we watched Garfieh playing in the river, pretending to be a salmon.

The next day we set off early again. As we made our way through fields we began singing and an American woman commented she was able to hear us from the top of the hill. Due to the sweltering heat we decided to navigate a route just off our path so that we passed a tarn. Mr Cudworth and Miss Harvey said they would turn a blind eye to us going in for a paddle, I am so glad they did because as Molly said it was the best time on D of E ever!

After all the fun we decided we had better get a move on as we were seriously late so we trekked the last bit as fast as we could. We reached the end still well over an hour late and couldn’t find the van anywhere so we began to think they had set off without us. However after a couple of minutes they turned up and we set off back.

If my feet were anything to go by the smell in the van must have been torture. But it was worth it as I absolutely loved it and had a great time and am sure the others did.

Jo Woodman – Year 11

Thank you to Mr Cudworth, Miss Harvey and Martyn for taking us.

by Jul 6, 2018 No Comments