DofE Bronze Qualifier Expedition 2018

19th Jul 2018

DofE Bronze Qualifier Expedition 2018

DUKE OF EDINBURGH BRONZE QUALIFIER EXPEDITION: Thursday 12th and Friday 13th July 2018

Before the end of term a group of thirty-nine Year 10 students from The Blyth Academy completed their assessed qualifier expedition which has fulfilled the expedition section of their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh's Awards. This expedition involved two days of walking with an overnight camp. The students were divided up into expedition teams and the groups had to follow a carefully pre-planned route following sections of St Oswald's Way along the scenic Northumberland Coast. They started out at Alnwick Gardens on the Thursday morning with the teams then making their own way on the 9 mile route along the Wall to Dunstan Hill Campsite near Dunstanburgh Castle. Once the groups arrived at camp they were responsible for putting up their own tents and cooking their own evening meal. Groups were up early on the Friday morning and followed St. Oswald's Way back down the coast to Alnmouth.

All of the students managed extremely well in the warm conditions and successfully met the twenty conditions of the assessed DofE expedition. The next stage for each student is to ensure they have completed the other three sections of their Bronze DofE Award; Physical, Skill and Volunteering. Successful completion of each of these three sections will ensure successful completion of the Bronze DofE Award and allow each student to progress on to the Silver DofE Award. We will be hosting an Awards Evening in the Spring of 2019 to celebrate the achievement of our students on the DofE Award so it is vital that students ensure the other sections are completed for this event.

This expedition was made possible by the recent Awards for All Grant from the Big Lottery Fund.

Please see the gallery of images below of photographs from the Bronze Qualifier Expedition.