Student expedition tackles the mini ‘Beast from the East’ as part of Silver Award

Student expedition tackles the mini ‘Beast from the East’ as part of Silver Award

Over 50 Year 11 students from the Wey Valley School are expected to complete their Silver level Duke of Edinburgh Award this year.  The climax of the Award was a gruelling expedition over the Quantock Hills, north Somerset in the company of the mini ‘Beast from the East’!


Mr Salmon, PE teacher and lead on Outdoor Education confirmed that the students have been exceptional on the course this year with over hundreds of voluntary hours of support in community and as a result, the students have gained a diverse range of sports and skills. Students have also used these skills to complement their other studies in school.


Mr Salmon added, ‘Our students showed great resilience in minus 7 degrees temperature and strong winds to navigate a challenging walk and be self-sufficient whilst camping.  Students performed very well and should take great confidence in their abilities. Students have learned essential skills for life including how to work as a team, leadership, navigation, campcraft skills including cooking on a stove, first aid and risk assessment.’


Mr Salmon remarked that the Wey Valley School has the highest uptake of students in Dorset for the Duke of Edinburgh Award and the skills and experiences have developed our students into great role models. All students have shown considerable progress in confidence and independent learning and have been a delight to work with this year.  Many students will now look to move onto the Gold Award and as such would become one of the rare 4 % of young people to complete all three awards. 


Sara Adams, Principal at the Wey Valley School commended the student group and supporting staff with one the most demanding expeditions to date.  Ms Adams added, ‘the Duke of Edinburgh Award is a popular course and qualification for our students and an Award recognised across the country.  Our students continue to go further with these challenges, showing fantastic team work and support and with the community voluntary hours forming part of the Award, creates well rounded individuals that are a delight to have in our school. I wish them every success’.

The school wishes them every success.