Expeditions normally take place in October and April and students are expected to have their own walking equipment, with the exception of tent, stove, maps and compasses, which are provided by the school.
Please note: The aim of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme is to foster independence and self-reliance, therefore the groups of girls taking part in expeditions will spend considerable amounts of time without direct supervision.
Staff involved are suitably-qualified and use their experience to carry out a careful risk assessment of the likely hazards facing the participants, both on the route and at camping sites, and take steps to minimise them.
Duke of Edinburgh’s Award expedition training sessions take place on Tuesday afternoons from 4.00pm-5.00pm. Participants are required to attend every session throughout the year to ensure adequate training and preparation for the expeditions. If a participant misses more than three sessions in a term they may not be able to take part in the expedition.
Compulsory trips (Year 10):
- Practice Expedition (4 days)
- Assessed Expedition (4 days)
Volunteering, skills and physical recreation sections
Students are largely responsible for the volunteering, skill and physical recreation sections of the Award but this will inevitably involve assistance from parents with transport and general support. Many girls also find opportunities to fulfill the requirements of these sections in school and St Marys staff are very supportive of the scheme. We would like to thank parents in advance for their support which is essential for the success of the scheme.
Approximate cost: £560 including expedition costs, enrolment and administration.