Bedminster Down School

Duke of Edinburgh 2013

BRONZE Duke of Edinburgh Expedition


On the weekend of the 28th and 29th of September nineteen Year 11 students took part in their Duke of Edinburgh assessment expedition in the Mendip Hills.  Since they started the award in Year 10 the students have been training to undertake an independent expedition and have gradually built up the skills required, through various training weekends, to undertake the assessment.

The weather forecast promised lots of rain, wind and poor visibility for the Saturday so there was definitely a nervous sense of anticipation upon arrival to school on Saturday morning.  As we drove out to the Mendip Hills the rain started heavily and the visibility decreased.  However, almost as soon as the groups were dropped off at their start points the rain subsided and there was even a little late summer sun as the students got underway!  Spirits were high as the groups set off and began their routes with absolutely no adult support or assistance. 

Although the teachers waited nervously at the campsite there were no dramas at all as the groups made it to camp with the minimum of fuss and all in good time.  Although there were some stories of some unplanned detours (taking the scenic route) the assessor was suitably impressed. 

The groups all continued on Sunday with no drop outs and made really good time as they raced to get back home to some comfort.  The weather was very kind and made the terrible forecast look a bit ridiculous as all the groups made it to the end of their routes and passed their expedition stage of the award with flying colours!

Congratulations to all the students for achieving this stage of the award and for all of their hard work in training.  Thanks must also go to the numerous staff who worked hard throughout all the expedition weekends to give the students this opportunity.