Huddersfield New College Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) competitors recently completed their Gold Qualifying Expedition, spending four days trekking the hills and moorland of Hebden Bridge and Todmordon.


Starting at Blackstone Edge Reservoir, students spent eight hours each day navigating the Yorkshire countryside, researching the local points of interest, history and wildlife of the area, and ending their expedition at Hardcastle Craggs, where they enjoyed a well-deserved ice cream. Ben, Bethan, Ella, Lydia, Megan and Purdee worked together as a team to successfully complete this challenge. At the end of the expedition, the students presented their findings from the expedition to their DofE assessor, which involved showcasing their findings to their assessor via a photo diary of their expedition. Each participant delivered the presentation to explain their favourite bits of the expedition and what they learned.


Young people studying at the College are able to complete their Silver and Gold DofE while studying with us as part of their wider enrichment programme. Duane Laverick, DofE Manager at HNC, comments “after a challenging year it was fantastic for our DofE students to be able to get out and take part in their Gold Award expedition. The group gelled incredibly well and worked so hard to successfully complete their challenge, in very warm summer conditions! As a Licenced Organisation for the DofE, our students have access to some outstanding opportunities and I’m looking forward to introducing the next cohort to this wonderfully enriching experience”


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