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DofE-Bronze-Practice-April-2018Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th April 2018

34 students successfully complete their practice expedition

Egglescliffe Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award students completed a two-day, one-night over the past weekend. The residents, fields, and farm animals of Cowesby, Carlton-in Cleveland, and Osmotherley were lucky enough to experience the early arrival of 34 year 9 students, who set off at 9am to complete their planned 14km routes.

The students, carrying close to a third of their body weight across 30km in terrain near to the North York Moors, got a taste of what is to come on their Assessed Expedition in June. Navigation and physical and mental stamina were put to the test as groups experienced all of the trials and tribulations of walking with backpacks in the countryside, including the obstacles of livestock, hot and cold weather, map-reading errors, and a now famous incident involving the loss of walking boot in a bog.

Students are also assessed on their camp craft skills as part of their expedition. Once on the campsite at Cote Ghyll, students demonstrated excellent teamwork in getting their tents erected quickly and accurately, and some groups cooked outstanding evening meals, including stir fry and spaghetti bolognaise.

Miss Ghost, Manager of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award at Egglescliffe School, said: “The practice expedition is an ideal opportunity for the students to develop a host of personal skills and qualities including determination, teamwork and communication. Mud, aching feet, and losing boots are all part of the fun, and the group this weekend have experienced all of this and more, demonstrating outstanding resilience. We are particularly blown away by how many members of the public approached us to compliment them on being well-behaved, respectful, and friendly. They are a credit to Egglescliffe School, and we couldn’t be more proud of them.”

The DofE at Egglescliffe is supported by volunteer staff who give up their free time to support the programme. Mr Small, Mr Wilkinson, Miss Higgins, and Mrs Wilson come from a variety of different departments, but all support the training and development of the students across day walks, after-school sessions, and weekend expeditions.

The Assessed Expedition takes place Sat 23rd and Sun 24th June 2018.

For more information about the DofE Award, please visit

If you'd like more information about DofE at Egglescliffe School, please contact Miss S Ghost.

A selection of images from the Bronze Award Practice Expedition can be found here.