TWENTY-THREE King’s Ely Senior students headed to the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty for their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Silver Assessment.

We are pleased to report that all pupils successfully passed their assessment.

Alex Scarborough, Old Elean and Outdoor Education Apprentice at King’s Ely, said: “On day one, the weather was on our side as we had beautiful sunshine. All of the students did really well, despite a couple of rusty moments as they got used to using a map again! Pupils arrived at camp and enjoyed a variety of food, from macaroni and cheese to undercooked noodles! They ended the day with a game of football in the evening.

“Day two began with some classic British weather – rain! Despite this, the students set off in high spirits. Much to everyone’s delight, the sun emerged around lunchtime. This really helped boost the pupils’ morale as they worked their way around Turville and saw where the ‘Vicar of Dibley’ was filmed. In the evening, we shared a campsite with another school and the pupils enjoyed a game of football with them.

“Day three, our final day, was blessed with sunshine and despite the Spartan Race taking over some of the paths and moving some signposts, all students were able to navigate the tricky forest and made their way to the end of the expedition.

“All pupils passed the expedition with flying colours and it was a really enjoyable trip for everyone involved. We hope to see lots of the students working towards their Gold Award as they were such a pleasure to work with.”

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