Going for Bronze

Thirty-nine Year 9 students from Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy, Runcorn, recently put on their walking boots and rucksacks and headed to Lancashire to complete their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh final expedition.

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They stayed overnight at a campsite at Cobble Hey Farm in Garstang, which is situated in The Forest of Bowland. They had great fun erecting their tents and setting up camp before cooking their evening meal on their camp stoves. After tea and team games on the farm field, they met in the classroom on the farm site to make their final plans for the routes they would take following day.

Some students were particularly early risers the next morning and got up at 5am, keen to get started on cooking a hearty breakfast before packing their tent away and setting off on foot to complete their gruelling trek.

Y9 Tutor, Miss Rugen, who accompanied the trip said:

"All the groups navigated their way around the countryside really well throughout the day and displayed great team work skills. They showed real determination and completed their routes in good spirits and in good time even though they were very tired; they should be very proud of themselves for how they tackled this expedition. They are also achieving great things in the physical skills and volunteering components of the Bronze Award and, as a result, are becoming healthier and more confident young people who are also helping to make a difference to the lives of others."

Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy students at Cobble Hey FarmOrmiston Bolingbroke Academy students at Cobble Hey Farm