A group of Year 10 students had a very successful Duke of Edinburgh trip for their Bronze assessment. On Friday 6th June, the students travelled to the Chilterns in Buckinghamshire where they staying overnight at a local campsite. On arrival, they undertook a seven hour hike, carrying all of their equipment including tents. Despite getting lost a couple of times they managed to get back on track to complete their hike. Once back at the campsite they then had to set up camp & cook their dinner using their trangiasDespite it being an extremely hot day which added to the students’ challenge, but every single student stayed upbeat throughout the experience.

All students got up at 6:00 am the next morning and repeated the grueling task but this time attempting a slightly tougher walk. Everyone managed to get back to the campsite in time for the coach back to Kingsley Academy.

What the students had to say about their Duke of Edinburgh experience:

Shayma "It was tiring but, in the end, there was a massive sense of accomplishment."
Drisht "It was very tiring but a good experience that I’ll never forget."
Sarina "It was very hard but was worth every minute"
Prakriti "We built good skills along the way and gave it our all till the end – although my feet hurt so much.."
Hawana "I thought the expedition was really fun and, as a group, we achieved our aim which was to explore nature and improve our teamwork."
Leah "I think that the Duke of Edinburgh trip was a fun and new experience but it was also tiring. I learnt how to set up a tent."
Lucy "The Duke of Edinburgh trip was interesting as we took loads of pictures of nature and landscapes. Our journey was fun as we entertained each other with singing along the way!"
Ula "Overall it was artistic as we saw many beautiful, natural places. I feel like I have achieved a lot on this ’walk’."
Prabhpreet "I never complained about the pain of blisters or have I ever said I can't walk anymore, I'm proud of myself!"
Minuri "I have definitely increased my physical strength and endurance!"

All students successfully passed their residential part of their award after learning how to use and read maps and how to use a compass, planning their own routes and arranging to meet supervising staff at various checkpoints. They will all receive their awards in February next year once they have finished the online tasks required  to complete the award fully.

What is the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme?

The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme is a programme of activities that can be undertaken by anyone aged from 14 to 25, regardless of personal ability.

The Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award consists of four sections: Expedition, Sport, Skill and Service. Each participant must complete each section in order to gain their Bronze Award.

It is a chance for young people to have fun, be outdoors and complete new challenges that will boost their confidence.

Activities include camping overnight, map reading, route planning, cooking outdoors and teamwork rather than competition.

Why participate in Duke of Edinburgh Award?

The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme is a real adventure. Every section gives you something different - you will develop new skills, make new friends and complete new challenges.

Achieving an Award will give you skills, confidence and a view on life that everyone is looking for, from employers to colleges and universities. It proves that you are able to commit to tasks, are good at teamwork and are up for a challenge.

In addition, you will get recognised for doing things you want to do (and may even be doing already).

Plus you will make a difference to other people’s lives and your community, be fitter and healthier, make new friends and have memories to last you a lifetime.

Above all, you will enjoy it!

The Bronze Award may only be the start as past Kingsley Academy students have gone on to complete their Silver and their Gold Awards.

Students start in Year 9 and complete the Award at the beginning of Year 10. Anyone can be involved, but there has to be a high level of after school commitment in order to complete the Award.