College pupils going for DofE gold

PUBLISHED: 11:30 27 June 2015

Honiton Community Pupils are aiming to achieve the DofE Gold Award.

Honiton Community Pupils are aiming to achieve the DofE Gold Award.

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Year 12 students Cerys Little, Lauren Hunt, Ameerah Askew, Dan Hole, Ben Willis and Jack Lane will soon complete a four-day expedition as well as a week-long residential.

A group of Honiton Community College pupils are gearing up to try and clinch the Duke of Edinburgh’s (DofE) Gold Award.

Year 12 students Cerys Little, Lauren Hunt, Ameerah Askew, Dan Hole, Ben Willis and Jack Lane will soon complete a four-day expedition as well as a week-long residential.

Pippa Wyatt, DofE co-ordinator, said: “The students have been fantastic in taking responsibility in planing their practice and qualifying expedition.

“Gold Duke of Edinburgh is a huge achievement for the young adults and enhances their CVs making them more employable.”

The students have organised their expedition themselves and have chosen to go to Italy in the summer.

They are currently planning their routes and must pass a four-day practice expedition on Dartmoor in order to go to Italy.

While they are there, they will carry out a project and then present their findings to an assessor and, if they complete the award, will receive their badge from The Duke of Edinburgh or the Earl of Wessex at St James’s Palace.

Glenn Smith, principal of Honiton Community College, said: “Completing DofE Gold is an outstanding achievement.

“Of the 100,000 students who gain an award each year approximately ten per cent are gold.

“Since the programme’s inception in 1956, only about one quarter of a million young adults have achieved the top accolade.”

“I wish our students every success with their expedition this summer.”

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is the world’s leading achievement award for young people.

The charity’s ethos is to enable every young person of every background to do their DofE and succeed, regardless of any barriers.

Young people progress through three levels of DofE programmes to achieve a Bronze, Silver or Gold Award.

For more information, visit www.dofe.org

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