Outdoor learning exploits end in success

Gold Duke of Edinburgh award winners go to the Palace

Seven of our current and former pupils went to Buckingham Palace on Monday 13th May to receive their Gold DofE Awards from Princess Beatrice. The gold medals winners are: Lydia W, Flossie W, Jack C, Charlotte Victoria B, Emily C, Katie P and Cara C. The pupils and parents enjoyed chatting to each other and swapping tales of their expeditions.

Mr Hathway, Head of Outdoor Learning, found his old DofE record book in the attic a few months ago and realised he had never received his Gold Award, so after 18 years of completing his award he was presented with his certificate.

A big thank you to parents and staff for supporting these young people to achieve their Gold Award.


Overall success for all three teams doing the Ten Tors

In true West Buckland style, this year’s Ten Tors Challenge was a family affair, with siblings and even parents taking part. Everyone completed the challenge with a smile on their face and a huge sense of achievement and camaraderie. The Ten Tors Challenge is attempted by 2,400 teenagers in 400 teams of six. The teams navigate routes of 35, 45 or 55 miles (depending on age) over the northern half of Dartmoor, visiting ten nominated tors / check points in under two days. West Buckland entered three teams this year: one boys and one girls 35 km and a mixed 45 km team. Teams must be self-sufficient, carrying all that they need to complete their route and stay out overnight safely. West Buckland School is very proud of all the participants and thank you to everyone that helped the teams to train and came out to support them.

As is often the case, siblings and family members take part in the challenge. Here are Nathan and Ben C resting up after a significant challenge.