Students complete Silver DofE

Last week two groups of Block 5s (with one lucky Block 4) headed off to the New Forest to complete our Silver Duke of Edinburgh expedition; fortunately the weather held out and we didn’t get soaked! We were accompanied by Ruth Austen and Philip Brittain, who drove the minibus around and provided us with vital water in the hot weather, as well as providing some friendly advice when we asked. Caz Hulbert was our assessor. Thanks so much to all three of them for giving up their time so we could finish our DofE and have such an awesome time!

We had a fantastic time trekking though forest and heathland and avoiding the wild horses (which insisted on sheltering in an underpass forcing one group to take a 2 kilometre detour!), as well camping in wild and remote spots. We had so much fun; cooking, camping and navigating all by ourselves!

Three days walking, two relatively uncomfortable and sleepless nights and a few blisters later both groups were relieved to arrive at the end points (so we could shower, sleep and catch up on Wimbledon) but would we do it again? Well seeing as we all plan to continue to achieve Gold it seems to be a unanimous yes!

By Juliette Perry, Block 5

Students complete Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award


Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

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