50 intrepid S4 boys embarked on the practice expedition for their Silver DofE award last week, meeting in the Dark Peak and making their way over three days to Middleton-in-Wirksworth. The weather was ideal for walking, although the nights under canvas were rather chilly! The qualifying assessment takes place in the last week of the summer term, so this was excellent preparation, and the participants had a great time of camaraderie and key-skill sharing.