9th Jun 2017


Last month a group of twenty-four Year 10 students from The Blyth Academy completed their practice expedition which is helping them work towards achieving their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh's Awards. This expedition involved two days of walking with an overnight camp. The students were divided up into expedition teams and the groups had to follow a carefully pre-planned route following sections of St Oswald's Way along the scenic Northumberland Coast. They started out at Alnwick Gardens on the Saturday morning with the teams then making their own way on the 9 mile route along the Wall to Dunstan Hill Campsite near Dunstanburgh Castle. Once the groups arrived at camp they were responsible for putting up their own tents and cooking their own evening meal. Groups were up early on the Sunday morning and followed St. Oswald's Way back down the coast to Alnmouth.

All of the students managed extremely well in the conditions and successfully gained new skills in preparation for their Bronze Qualifying expedition to be held in July along Hadrian's Wall. The next stage for each student is to ensure they have completed the other three sections of their Bronze DofE Award; Physical, Skill and Volunteering before the qualifying expedition. Successful completion of each of these three sections and successfully passing the Qualifying Expedition will ensure completion of the Bronze DofE Award.

This expedition was made possible by the recent Awards for All Grant from the Big Lottery Fund.

Please see the gallery of images below of photographs from the Bronze Practice Expedition.