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Forest School students take pride in award

A group of students from The Forest School in Knaresborough have achieved their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award.

This is the first time the Award has been run at the school.

The students completed a two day expedition, carrying their kit, walking over 14 miles, cooking and camping.

They also volunteered at Northdale Horticulture in Northallerton, helping with various jobs including making a path.

For the skills section of the award, students chose to work on photography, playing the flute, tying shoe laces, looking after a dog and gardening. For the physical section, one student, Charli, carried on with swimming for the Harrogate swimming squad. Others participated in walking, running and trampolining.

Their teacher and DofE Leader, Sally Adams, says: This is a major achievement for our pupils and I am so proud of the group. I am delighted they have achieved their awards. The pupils are now leaving The Forest School and hopefully some will be able to take their Silver Award in their next school.

A new group have already begun training for their expedition and have been developing their walking and navigational skills throughout the past academic year. A further group will begin in September.

County Councillor Arthur Barker, North Yorkshire’s Executive Member for Schools said: This is an impressive result for these students. Duke of Edinburgh Awards offer young people the chance to develop skills, independent learning, resilience and community engagement and we are very pleased that students at Forest School have responded to these opportunities with such success.

Main photo shows: Forest School pupils on their Duke of Edinburgh expedition

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