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35 year 9 and 10 students from Egglescliffe School have successfully passed their expedition section of their Duke of Edinburgh's Bronze Award. 

The expedition section involves students planning and completing a weekend walking and camping excursion. The expedition takes approximately 6 hours each day to complete, and often involves walking distances in excess of 30km over the course of the weekend. 

The successful students had to contend with gruelling 30 degree temperatures, fields of livestock, lively locals, a Coast to Coast bike race, and some pretty impressive blisters, in order to complete their expedition. 

The students had to be observed by a Duke of Edinburgh Assessor, who tested their navigation, leadership, team work and camp craft skills. The Assessor commented that: "The groups have performed particularly strongly in difficult conditions. The fact that they're still smiling at the end of a tough couple of days just shows how the teamwork and resilience of some of the groups has been outstanding."

Duke of Edinburgh Manager, Miss Ghost, said: "We're incredibly proud of the successes of our first cohort of Bronze DofE students. The experiences that they have had in planning, preparing, and completing their expeditions have helped them build a wide and diverse range of skills, and it's become really evident to their leaders that they have grown, changed and developed into mature young people over the course of the programme."

The students have to complete an additional three personal sections in order to fully complete the Award, which they are aiming to do by the end of the summer term.

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Photographs from our expeditions can be found here.