The Easter holidays was a very busy time for our Outdoor Learning department with 27 pupils from Years 10, 11 and 13 out on Dartmoor doing their expedition requirements for their Gold and Silver Duke of Edinburgh award. The groups walked a collective 200 miles over Dartmoor National Park.
Sixteen pupils walked for three days to complete their Silver Assessed expedition with most of them also hoping to gain a place in this year’s Ten Tors teams. Despite some very cold nights, the dry conditions underfoot and sunny days made the going slightly easier.
In addition, five pupils made up the team who successfully completed their Gold Assessment that completed their final expedition. The team included four of our international students. One of whom, Tim Peng, commented that this was a very different environment from his home city in Taiwan where most people only take a walk in the local park!
The D of E Assessor, Chris Tym, was very impressed with the physical robustness of the West Buckland pupils, their skills to navigate and to wild camp on the Moor.
Also, included in the group, were another five pupils who were doing their Gold practice expedition, during which they also completed their Hill Skills award.
Well done to all teams, as well as their families back at home for supporting this expedition.