A growing group of students from Wadham School have embarked on walking and camping expeditions, over recent weeks, as part of the process for attaining their Duke of Edinburgh Awards. This year has also seen more students undertaking the Silver Award, in addition to those on schedule to gain the Bronze Award. Teaching staff at Wadham have also shown a strong commitment to the scheme with Miss Davison and Mr Jackson qualifying as D of E Assesors. Mr Farmer, Lead Teacher for the Wadham D of E programme said: “It’s great to see staff and students alike getting involved with the scheme which we find hugely beneficial to the development of our students.”
Year 9 students recently undertook a 24km trek starting in Abbotsbury, camping at Bagwell Farm and completing the challenge at Maiden Castle. There is a project element to the award with some students taking photographs and drawing the West Dorset vistas, whilst one group has learnt basic sign language and described part of their trip to a partially deaf community, using skills they have learnt. More activities will be taking place over the Summer, culminating in the regional awards presentation next Spring.