Year 10 tackled their Silver expeditions with great enthusiasm, enjoying the chance to get outdoors and set up camp with their friends again.
With overnight camping on their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze expedition curtailed by the pandemic last year, pupils embraced the opportunity to venture out properly together again. Despite torrential downpours and flash flooding on their practice expedition in the Chilterns last month, 60 girls set off on their assessed expedition to the Peak District for the penultimate weekend of term. Each group covered up to 20km each day for three days, encountering hilly terrain, fields of cows, sunshine, thunder – and a lot of snacks. Local residents even praised all the groups who passed by for being so cheerful and considerate.
One student commented: “Despite a few blisters and getting a bit lost, this has definitely been the highlight of my year. We’re really lucky to have such amazing teachers who helped to make this happen.”