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Duke of Edinburgh

The Duke of Edinburgh Award goes from strength to strength at The Meadows School in Leek.

On Thursday 28th  and Friday 29th September, a group of six Meadows students took on the challenge of an expedition walking from school to the Stanley Head Outdoor Centre; 10 miles carrying full camping kit and travelling independently with minimal staff support, and back again!

This was the culmination of a year’s training for the students during which time they have practised navigation , campcraft and gaining general fitness to take on this tough challenge.

The weather smiled on the group on the Thursday but Friday was a very wet and testing day which demanded plenty of determination and skill from the students. The assessor Mr Alistair Mayo noted their resilience and the quality of their teamwork. He also commented that the group was a fine example of what young people with SEN can achieve.

After a tough couple of days, the group came through and all passed this expedition element of the bronze award.

Great credit goes to Jackie Robinson , the D of E lead at the school and many thanks to Stanley Head for the use of their facilities. Once the members of the group have gained the other elements of the bronze award, they aim to go on to their silver award.  A fantastic achievement!