Congratulations to all our Senior students who have completed their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) Expedition Assessments!

Seventy-three pupils from Year 9 and our King’s Ely International (KEI) programme descended on Bradfield Park Campsite, located near Bury St Edmunds, over the weekends of May 13th-14th and May 20th-21st, for their two-day, one-night expeditions.

Students had to organise all their own camping kits and essentials, and they spent six hours each day walking and exploring the Suffolk countryside in small groups, following routes that they had planned beforehand, and relying on their navigation and map reading skills to successfully complete their routes.

Tim Wyndham-Smith, Assistant Director of Outdoor Education and DofE Manager at King’s Ely, said: “Both Bronze Expeditions were blessed with fantastic weather and all the students did brilliantly. Seeing them with smiles on their faces and hearing them talk and laugh as they walked, made me so proud, and I look forward to seeing many of them taking on their Silver DofE in September. Well done to every student for their efforts and thank you to all staff volunteers who gave up all or part of their weekends to make the expeditions happen.”

Bronze DofE has four sections: Volunteering, Physical, Skills and Expedition. Students must do a minimum of three months activity for each of the Volunteering, Physical and Skills sections, and plan, train for, and do a two-day, one-night Expedition.

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