On the 25 - 27 April Keiran, Felix and Tom took part in a three day canoe expedition on the Lancaster canal. They had a 10 week preparation programme on the lead in to it to get there skills in place. This was the qualifying phase of the silver Duke of Edinburgh award.
Myself and Stuart were unknown to the students but they accepted us fully and got to know us over the three days becoming very chatty and showing there levels of humor.
The three lads throughout the whole expedition displayed confidence, independence and sensible judgement in all aspects and showed how well they could work together and support each other when the challenge became physically and mentally challenging needing to pull together to sort out real life situations that occurred.
They were fully respectful of all adults directly involved and the general public they met on route, taking everything in there stride.
Myself and stuart had a thoroughly enjoyable three days in the company of Keiron, Felix and Tom who displayed the resilience that will help these three mature young men in there chosen further education and careers, together they are a huge credit to the school,
Both myself and Stuart have encountered far bigger behavioural problems from students in mainstream education
We wish the lads all the best in there futures.
Alastair Randall and Stuart Gorman
D of E assesors and Freelance outdoor instructors.
Silver Award - DofE
The School is a provider of the Duke of Edinburgh Award (DofE) scheme which aims to help young people take part in various challenging activities that help them develop key skills.
we offer pupils the chance to progress through the Bronze and Silver awards.
Taking part in this scheme develops member’s confidence and develops their self-esteem, with expert guidance from the Schools members of staff.
Pupils in Year 10 and 11 will participate in the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme. The scheme comprises of four elements; sport, community, hobbies and expedition. The award is highly regarded by colleges and employers alike and it also provides our pupils with good team building exercises. Pupils will initially work towards their Bronze award; some pupils will then move onto the Silver Award.