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
Year 10 Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Final Expedition

Year 10 Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Final Expedition

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Yorkshire Dales – Thursday 7th & Friday 8th June 2018

Eighteen of our year 10 students participated in their final expedition in the Yorkshire Dales, all groups completed the total distance of approximately 24 kilometres and had the pleasure to camp over at Gordale House Campsite. (Malham)

Starting location Hellifield to Cracoe via Malham wasn’t an easy task and all our students had to carry everything required in their rucksacks whilst under the watchful eye of their assessor Jenny Mills!

Mr J Cudworth is delighted with the achievements of everyone involved and pleased that they have all passed with flying colours!

Thank you so much to all staff involved for all your help, work, commitment and most of all giving up your time for our year 10s, their Dofe experience wouldn’t be as positive without your kind voluntary help that’s required to produce such a successful Dofe expedition. Miss K Harvey, Miss V Duke, Mr M Wilson.

Mr J Cudworth. (DofE Coordinator)


Final Expedition

Written by Abbey Fogartaig 10J and Elizabeth Mumbray 10J

Our expedition started at Hellifield and thankfully, the weather was on our side once again.

We all began to make our way to our first checkpoint. At checkpoint two, The Pot Noodles (Green Group) and Big Mob Mafia (Red Group) crossed each other’s paths and we came to a halt as we had to work our way around the obstacle which was the horses. After some time, we managed to make our way around the horses and continued on our journey together until our paths split. We continued from checkpoint to checkpoint laughing and singing, keeping our spirits high. Roilet Smashh (Blue Group) had the amazing opportunity climbing to the top of Malham Cove. Although the walk was long and tiring, the beautiful views made up for it. You could see for miles across the Yorkshire Dales.

Eventually we arrived at the campsite, set up our tents then started to cook our tea. Mr Cudworth warned us about the state of the campsite and the things that were hoarded there, but nothing could prepare everyone for what we saw. Stacks of disposable barbecues, bottles and much more were found but we had fun as we explored the campsite in more detail. Not long after we all made our way to Gordale Scar waterfall located a short walk north of the campsite. We all had fun messing around and splashing in the water, some of us even sticking our heads under the waterfall!

Once we had finished by the waterfall, we all dried off and got into our pyjamas, sat together and sang as I (Abbey) played the guitar, laughing and joking around, bringing us all closer together.

Then it was time for bed and we were in for a much better night’s sleep than last time.

The next morning, we were greeted by another day of sunshine. Everyone began to pack up our belongings and set off for another day of adventures. We again made our way from checkpoint to checkpoint, feeling tired but keeping the spirits high. We encouraged each other by singing and telling jokes. We finally made it to the finishing location (Cracoe) and set off on the bus back to school. Although exhausted, everyone really enjoyed our time in the Yorkshire Dales and we can’t wait to step up the challenge and sign up for Silver Award next year!


by Jun 27, 2018 No Comments
More Reasons to Raise Funds for DofE

More Reasons to Raise Funds for DofE

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Well done to some of our school’s Year 10 students who last weekend raised a whopping £740 for the Duke Of Edinburgh award. The team, supervised by our DofE Co-ordinator Mr Cudworth, packed bags in the Morrisons store in Ramsbottom and delighted customers gave them their loose change and donations as a reward. The money raised will be spent on camping equipment for the forthcoming Duke Of Edinburgh Expeditions.

Want to get involved in the Duke Of Edinburgh programme? Check out the DofE page or speak to Mr Cudworth in school to get more information.

by Jun 11, 2018 No Comments
Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Training Weekend

Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Training Weekend

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We arrived at Burnsall Bridge at 9am, ready and packed for the day ahead of us. Thankfully, the weather was on our side and the sun was shining, making the day even more enjoyable. A few minutes into our journey, we could feel the sense of community in the Yorkshire Dales as we came across a box of cookies, flapjacks and eggs and they trusted you to put £1 in the box when you took one. We reached our checkpoint later than planned, however we weren’t to worry as we knew we’d be able catch up soon enough. We made it from checkpoint to checkpoint throughout the day, experiencing the country side properly for the first time.

We all arrived at the campsite and immediately pitched up our tents and cooked tea. After settling down, it was time for the much-anticipated talent show, where we watched Rhiannon, Garlin and Lily perform a comedy sketch and Beth and Izzy perform a dance routine. After the talent show, we all sat together, talking and having fun, bringing us all closer together. Suddenly, it began to rain, but that didn’t stop our high spirits. Around 10pm we settled in our tents for a long night of rain.

We woke up the next day to the sun shining once again. Although tired, we were ready for our second day of adventures. Again, we strived from checkpoint to checkpoint, singing along to Oliver’s ‘Repeat After Me’ songs, keeping our morale high. Finally, each group arrived at the minibus very tired, but we all can’t wait till our final expedition!

By Rhiannon Ashton and Abbey Fogartaig, Y10

by May 18, 2018 No Comments
DofE Silver Award Practise Expedition 2018

DofE Silver Award Practise Expedition 2018

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Having completed and enjoyed doing the bronze award last year we all decided it was a good idea to do our Silver award this year, despite knowing what was in store for us. So on Friday morning the twelve of us arrived in school excited but slightly dreading the 3 days ahead of us.

When we reached our start point from Clapham it was raining, as per usual, but we eventually set off, trussed up like chickens, after Molly had found a way into her Brothers over-sized coat she had accidentally brought. We walked as fast as possible determined to reach our checkpoint on time. When we arrived no-one was there to meet us and we realised none of us had thought to bring a watch, so we decided we must be late and set off to checkpoint 2. Half way there we met our Leaders Martyn Wilson and Miss Harvey and found out we were half an hour early! The rest of the day we were able to walk, slightly slower, and navigate to our campsite whilst singing ‘Country Roads’ the entire time.

This time all the necessary jobs at camp seemed much easier especially putting the tents up so Beker, Molly and I found time to play football with Martyn – although not very well. We were also able to visit the spectacular Stainforth Force waterfall which was just a few metres from the campsite.

Overnight it was freezing. I got a grand total of approximately 10 minutes sleep and others didn’t seem to do much better. Why did I think it was a good idea to not wear socks? I was in a tent, in a thin sleeping bag and it was 2 degrees outside! Surprisingly we weren’t too tired in the morning and were able to cook breakfast and pack away and only set off twenty minutes late despite Beker disappearing when the rest of us were ready.

Once again we were able to navigate to our checkpoints and we met the teachers at the third one where we were the audience to a crazy bloke under the bridge preaching about God. Once we set off again Ellie found my new prised possession. A tennis ball! Which I meticulously kicked through every field for the rest of the expedition.

We arrived, for once before the other team (who reached the campsite after we had erected our tents, showered and eaten our tea). Beker and I then found time to revise, on the minibus, which led to us travelling to Settle with Martyn and Miss Harvey for them to buy takeaways. But they wouldn’t give us any, although, Miss did buy everyone custard. That night we wrapped ourselves in everything we had; including an emergency foil blanket in Molly’s case, in order to get a better sleep. Luckily we did.

The final day began with a bog, which I didn’t see at first so went straight in up to my knees whereas everyone else ingeniously used a gate to swing across and avoid it. We then saw the other team at various stages for the rest of the walk even stopping for dinner in the same village. Soon after we entered a field with the dreaded cows in it for the first time this year but luckily this time they were friendly and showed us the way instead of trying to attack us!

We finally arrived at the minibus to go home, after 40km of walking and two relatively sleepless nights, elated but tired.

We now look forward to the final expedition.

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

Jo Woodman – Yr11

by May 16, 2018 No Comments
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