Duke Of Edinburgh Award At Stockport Academy


At Stockport Academy, we are so proud to be delivering the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme this year and for many more to come.

We hope to give our students an experience that they will remember for life and the opportunity to learn new skills and work as part of a team.

Our students are volunteering in the Community as part of their award and learning field skills towards undertaking their expedition later in the year, with a lot of fun thrown in. Please check out the blog below that our students are writing to keep a record of all the activities they get up to on their journey to achieving the Award.



Return To Rivington Pike

Chris Prince / Categories: Enrichment, DofE

Return To Rivington Pike

Our Duke of Edinburgh group returned to Rivington Pike over the weekend to put some of the skills they have learned into practice. Student Lucy Kerwin has been filling us in with the details...

Upon arriving at the walk site, we were the last group to leave - and when we did leave, we went about 400 yards in the opposite direction in search of a toilet, which lasted about half an hour!

Anyway, we soon left and were back on track in no time. We walked along many muddy, rock-covered paths, down many slopes (how did no one fall down?) and up many hills. By the last big hill, I was seriously toying with the idea of rolling down to the bottom and resigning myself to the life of some kind of earthworm instead.

Once we got up that hill, we ate some food and looked out over the town of Bolton.

Once we were fed and watered, we continued in our trek to Jepson Farm, where we passed a mad dog that was snarling and barking at us from someone’s front garden. We had to pass through a passage next to it to get to the field behind. Luckily, it led us to a field full of sheep, and yet another beautiful view of Bolton.

It all went downhill from there, which is to say that we didn’t have to climb up any more hills. We trekked through a long path between a forest and a gigantic reservoir for quite a time, passing a massive bridge over the river and, at long last, arriving back at the coaches, miraculously twenty minutes before the other groups despite our long detours.

Overall, I think that it was a very exciting day, and I look forward to the next expedition in the future.

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