Intrepid students are feeling on top of the world after successfully completing their final Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award expedition.
Thirteen Sixth Form students travelled to Snowdonia for their practice assessment ahead of the summer holidays before successfully completing their assessed expedition in the Lake District earlier this month (September).
The students spent four days and four nights in the Lake District, navigating their route over challenging mountain terrain and fending for themselves in the remote rural location.
Mr C Moody, Highfields’ DofE Co-ordinator, said: “The contrast between the two expeditions was really exceptional, from sunshine in Snowdonia to rain in the Lake District.
“The students had to plan their journey through the mountains and also all of the equipment they would need to carry, from waterproofs to food.
“This is an extremely challenging section of the DofE Gold Award but they succeeded with good planning, perseverance and determination.
“As well as meeting all of the conditions to pass the assessment, they gained a considerable amount of experience and knowledge to take away with them to use for the rest of their lives.
“Well done to them all on such a fantastic achievement.”
The successful students are: Hannah Griffiths, Jaiden Malhotra, Emily Walker, Atif Riaz, Amreeta Gill, Kayla Campbell, Vish Patel, Sana Nisar, Shahrukh Hussain, Jessica Drew, Mrithula Raj Balaji, Milly Grayson and Yashpreet Singh.
They will be officially presented with their DofE Gold Awards at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace or St James’s Palace on a date to be announced.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s scheme was launched in 1956 with the aim of inspiring, guiding and supporting young people in their self-development. The awards scheme challenges students and allows them to discover the world around them whilst providing them with invaluable skills and experiences to improve employment prospects.