Last week 12 of our students set off from The Sixth Form College on their final expedition to qualify for their Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award. The students were out in Snowdonia and had to navigate their own way through the surrounding national park.

Challenging and physically demanding routes were planned but all students rose to the challenge by working well together in their teams. The students made excellent and informed decisions along their routes and the experience they had gained from their practise expedition really showed.

The remaining areas students still need to cover are:

  • Volunteering
  • Skills
  • Physical
  • Residential Experience

These areas are organised independently by the students and can include a range of different projects or activities. Guidance and support is on offer to all the students from the college’s tutors and DOfE team.

Former student ambassador and Head Girl Kasia-Leigh Chidlow returned as a staff member to accompany the students on their final expedition before she left for University. Kasia also helped out during their practise expedition earlier in the year in order to gain her Residential Experience.

Teacher and DofE organiser Paul Moore is delighted with how the expedition went, “It was superb expedition, the students worked really well together. The activities and experiences that they gain from taking part in DOfE are invaluable to their future. It is an excellent way of enhancing your CV as well as providing life experience and skills that will allow you to shine in any interview- you also get some great memories along the way!”

The Sixth Form College’s Duke of Edinburgh programme is still open to anyone who wants to join whether you are a new or returning student. The next meeting will be held on Thursday 26/09/2013 at 4:20pm in J1, for anyone interested in finding out more information or wanting to sign up. Why not go along and see what you can gain?

Duke of Edinburgh Gold award Expedition 2013