Duke Of Edinburgh Award At Stockport Academy


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

We hope to give our Year 9 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.

As a parent, you can click here for more information. The DofE also offers a resources page and a YouTube channel with lots of helpful advice and tutorials.

All evidence should be added through E-DofE – this can be done through the website but we’d encourage participants to download the app if they have a smart phone as this is the easiest way to add evidence. 

Participants need to add evidence of 1 hour per week for each of the 3 sections (3hrs total). This can be text, photos, video or computer files. 
The more evidence provided, the easier it is for us to approve it. 

At the end of the section they need to ask their chosen assessor to complete an Assessor report. These will be in your Welcome Packs when they arrive.

The assessor report needs to be added just like all other evidence but you should tick the box that says ‘’Mark as assessor report’’. 

All sections and evidence needs to be up to date before the trips/ expeditions or they will not be allowed to attend. 

  • 7th March – First walking day practicing navigation skills 

  • 28th March – 2nd day of training both based around Rivington. 

  • 16th – 17th May – Training expedition (Overnight camp) 

  • 20th – 21st June – Qualifying expedition (Overnight camp) 

All sections must be up to date in order to attend these trips. 

Although the expedition is a long way off, we want to give you an idea and help to plan ahead for the kit that your child will need. Please see a suggested kit list below. 

School will provide Rucksacks, Sleeping Bags, Tents, Maps, Compasses, Stoves & Gas. 

Most of the items, you should already have as they are mainly just clothing. 

You do not have to go out and spend lots of money on expensive gear. Decathlon is a good place to get more affordable items such as Walking Boots. 

1 pair of walking boots 
2 pairs of walking socks 
2-3 t-shirts 
2 fleece tops or similar 
2 walking trousers (warm, NOT jeans) 
Flipflops/trainers/sandals etc (optional for camp site use) 
Warm hat &/or sunhat (as appropriate) 
1 pair shorts (if appropriate) 
1 pair gloves (if appropriate) 
Waterproof over-trousers (if appropriate) 
Jacket/coat (waterproof & windproof) 
Personal Kit 
Rucksack – provided by school 
Rucksack liner (or 2 strong plastic bags)  
Sleeping bag – provided by school 
Sleeping mat  
Sleeping bag liner 
Torch (handheld or head torch) 
Expedition food Get advice here.
Water bottle – carry 2 litre each. 
Camping plate/bowl/mug 
Wash kit/personal hygiene 

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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