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DofE-Silver-Training-2018Thursday 27th to Saturday 29th Sep 2018

Year 11 students successfully complete their Silver Assessed expedition

Egglescliffe Silver Duke of Edinburgh’s Award students completed a three-day, two-night expedition in the glorious countryside of the Peak District.

The students travelled nearly three hours to arrive in Monyash on the outskirts of Lathkill Dale to meet and be briefed by their DofE Assessor, Brian Jackson.

The students walked over 7 hours each day, covering distances of 40+km over the course of three days. The expedition required students to carry full backpacks and be entirely self-sufficient to prove their abilities and impress the assessor to successfully achieve the coveted Silver Award.

All student participants have completed their Bronze Award with the school, and so are not unfamiliar with the expectations of the expedition section of the programme. However, the students had to contend with blisters, high winds, freezing cold nights, and unseasonably warm day-walking and sunburn thanks to some late September sunshine.

Miss Ghost, Manager of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award at Egglescliffe School, said: “I’m incredibly proud of our Silver cohort for all that they have achieved. The Assessor was impressed with their positive attitudes, friendliness, and outstanding navigation and teamwork; they are a credit to the school. The way these students tackled the challenges of the expedition has been nothing short of excellence, and I hope that they continue on to their Gold Award with us in year 12.”

The DofE at Egglescliffe is supported by volunteer staff members Mrs Plaice and Mr Wilkinson who give up their free time to train and develop the students across day walks, after-school sessions, and expeditions; a huge thank you must go to them as the programme really couldn’t run without their involvement.

An Award’s ceremony to present the 2017-2018 cohort of students with Bronze and Silver Awards will be taking place in November.

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 Silver Award Practice Expedition can be found here.