Students challenged and inspired by Duke of Edinburgh Award

The Duke of Edinburgh Award continues to inspire and challenge King’s students, with many of them undertaking their training expeditions over the Easter and May half term holidays. 

Duke of Edinburgh Coordinator, Mr Tony Brown, praised the teams, highlighting their sense of adventure and teamwork: “The training expeditions have been really successful and the students can look forward with confidence to their assessment expeditions in the summer. 

“As always, the students rose to the occasion, taking on the challenge with enthusiasm and showing real team spirit.”

The expedition is only one aspect of the Award, with students also volunteering in the local community, learning a new skill and undertaking a physical activity. 

Mr Brown continued: “The commitment required to complete each level of Award shouldn’t be underestimated and we are always proud that so many of our students choose to challenge themselves in this way.

“Since September, we have presented 60 Bronze and 32 Silver Awards in school, and we have registered 215 new students for the Award at all three levels.” 

In addition, eleven students have completed their Gold Award this year, and are looking forward to attending a presentation ceremony at St James’ Palace which is attended by His Royal Highness, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex.

Expeditions for Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards will take place over the summer with students walking in Cheshire and North Wales, including a challenging route within the Snowdonia National Park. The canoers will start their expedition at the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct on the Llangollen canal to take a route that spans Wales, Shropshire and Cheshire.   

Good luck to them all!