Wey Valley delivers gold standard

Wey Valley delivers gold standard

Outdoor Education success continues to thrive at the Wey Valley School in Weymouth. On the back of a record number of students gaining the bronze and silver Duke of Edinburgh award, two former students have now succeeded with the prestigious gold award, with support and guidance from Mark Salmon, Outdoor Education leader at Wey Valley.

Over the last 18 months, Tom Edgeley and Elliott Record, both former Wey Valley students, have worked tirelessly to complete the five sections of the Gold Award – volunteering, physical, skills, residential and expedition.

Mark Salmon said: “I would like to congratulate Tom and Elliott along with Dorset Duke of Edinburgh on their success. They have both been invited to a presentation to be held at St James Palace in London in the Spring to recognise their achievements.”

Mr Salmon added: “the school has an open DOE policy at the school where we encourage students to challenge themselves and learn vital life skills through the DOE Award at all levels. We offer an Open Gold Unit and support young people from all over the community.”

Elliott said: “my volunteering section involved supporting Julien Lawes, Head Tennis coach and helping young tennis players improve their game, monitoring their form and giving feedback. I chose to complete a National Pool Lifeguard Qualification for my Residential section, which provided first aid skills and rescue techniques. The Expedition involved a trip to Sweden’s Kings Trail to complete a gruelling expedition in 19 days. I am so pleased to have completed the Duke of Edinburgh Award with so many fantastic opportunities. I have learned so much, all of which will support me in the future”.

Tom said: “I have learned so many new diverse skills – the Gold Award was the toughest challenge with a trip to the Arctic Circle in Sweden, trekking the Kungsleden trail. Only 10,000 people in the UK have completed the Gold Award in the last year and I would strongly recommend it to anyone who is interested in the programme. The Award enables students to become well rounded individuals with so many skills and experiences that will support me in the future”.

Mr Salmon concluded by saying “credit to both Tom and Elliott with their endeavours and commitment. The Gold Award is not an easy accomplishment and their dedication will bode them well for their future ambitions”.