Over the last two weekends, two Bronze Duke of Edinburgh groups have completed their practice expeditions over Cannock Chase. In order to prepare themselves for these expeditions the groups have been training since September last year. The training has included learning about the Countryside Code, map reading skills, route planning and any many other vital areas of expertise for completing an expedition.
The third and final Bronze groups completes the Cannock Chase trek next weekend and then all 3 groups must pass their assessed expedition in the Lickey Hills. Before they do this, they will take the lessons they have learnt and improve on their navigation and camp craft.
Alongside these weekends, every pupil must commit to attending (on a weekly basis) three separate activities in the following categories: volunteering, physical and skills. One example is a pupil who is volunteering at a retirement home, learning to cook with their brother and playing for their local netball side.
There are currently 100 pupils completing their Duke of Edinburgh Silver or Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award and all are on course to complete it before the end of the academic year.