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Duke of Edinburgh Gold Expeditions Summer 2015

A record number of Sixth Formers - 79 in total, divided into 5 qualifying groups and 8 practice groups - undertook Duke of Edinburgh Gold expeditions in the North-west Lake District during the summer holidays.


The groups were fortunate in experiencing mainly dry weather although the qualifying groups who had undertaken their practice expeditions in last year’s high temperatures, took no chances with sunburn or dehydration and were well-prepared. There is, however, no doubt that the Gold Expedition is in any weather most physically and psychologically demanding and there was much evidence of supportive team work to ensure a successful finish for all those under assessment.

A number of last year's U6 students have now completed all five sections of their Gold Award and will be collecting their awards at St. James's Palace, London in forthcoming ceremonies. The practice groups, who undertook a slightly shorter expedition, were also largely successful although many valuable lessons were learnt which will better equip them for the challenges of the qualifying expeditions next year.


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