Saturday, 9 March 2019

BAP evening success



Bronze Award Presentation evening

Just over 12 months ago when our current year 10 commenced their Bronze DofE Award we met with parents and set the girls and parents a challenge of getting the 72 participants to complete the award in the 12 month period. We would then gather for an evening to celebrate the outstanding achievements of the group. Well we have now had our first BAP evening and I pleased to say the evening was very enjoyable. It was great to see most of the 60 successful competitors at the event.

The evening comprised of welcome food and drinks with a slide show of pictures from previous expeditions and training. This was followed by a presentation given by one of our gold teams about DofE and their aim of their recent expedition. 

This was a great insight for the students because over 50 of our year 10 girls are going onto the Silver Award. The gold team were able to give a first hand point of view of DofE at the higher levels. They also did a lovely presentation about the geology of the Yorkshire Dales. As a group we then approved the teams Gold expedition section in real time in eDofE.

Gold A presenting at our BAP evening
 We then presented all of the participants that were able to attend the evening with their award. We had a nice group photo and then some more group conversations over a final bite to eat and drink.



BAP 2018/19
Thanks to all of the parents and students that were able to attend, Mr. Letts for helping set the room up, Gold team A, great dedication considering they were in the middle of their mocks, and Mr. Knight who helped with the organisation and doing our photos.

Next up...

Bronze training session 1 (13th March 2019)
Parents evening for Silver and Gold 2019 (14th March 2019)
Parents evening for Bronze 2019 (21st March 2019)
Easter Silver and Gold training in the Berwyns, Wales

Wednesday, 27 February 2019

Gold and Silver Qualification 2018

Ribblehead viaduct

Yorkshire Dales 2018 - Simply beautiful when mother nature allows!


This year we had 2 teams qualifying for their Silver and Gold expedition. Our base for the week was Broadrake in Chapel-le-Dale. the above photo was taken early one morning in front of the bunkhouse. It is fair to say that the weather for most of the time was less than ideal. The challenge that the students from Y12 and Y13 took on was significant. The life skills they developed during the week will most definitely be an asset. The determination, team work and resilience that was needed was beyond the normal remit of our expeditions. We were and are so very proud of the students that took part.

Monday 17th September 2018


Heading north - we all need a bite to eat...

Everyone in for the 1st night at Broadrake. Base camp set.

Tuesday 18th September 2018

Gold expedition day 1 and Silver orientation day

 Gold are go...



The teams set off into the glad to summit Whernside (736m) as part of their day 1 expedition. Pete Rich of Rich Adventures and Mr. Dalgleish were on support for remote supervision.



Off they go. I think we can have another brew fro now in this lovely Bunkhouse!

Silver orientation day

The rest of the staff and the silver teams set of for Ingleton waterfalls car park from here we planned a circular walk that would allow our silver teams to observe the amazing waterfall and get their navigation heads back on.





Thorton Force



Food and shelter


Which way next...








Next... exped time!

Wednesday 19th - Friday 21st September 2018

Over the next 3 days the Silver teams completed their qualification expedition in some awful weather. The gold teams managed Pen-y-ghent (694m) summit on their final day of expeds but had to adopt their escape plans on  day 2 so were unable to do Ingleborough summit due to visability and strong winds. Overall all of the groups did extremely well and had an adventure.



Off we go Silver are on the way to their drop off point.

Ready for the off


 Calm before the storm...






Silver groups ready for the off day 2









Group shelter time. Awful weather on Great Knoutberry Hill (672m)







 All complete!

 Gold! All complete in Horton in Ribblesdale