Students at The Kidsgrove Secondary School have been developing their outdoor skills as part of the Duke of Edinburgh scheme.
The charity-run awards programme has grown in popularity at the academy, with nearly half of all Year 10 students currently participating.
Karen Mitchell, Principal of the Academy which is part of the Shaw Education Trust, said: “We are so proud to be a licensed provider and want as many students as possible to access the fantastic opportunities the award brings.
“It was great to see two former students now working as ambassadors for the programme and going for the gold award – changing lives like this is what it’s all about.”
The Duke of Edinburgh programme is a recognised mark of achievement for 14 - 24 year olds, aimed at helping young people gain essential skills and attributes for work and life such as resilience, problem-solving, team-working, communication, along with credits towards employment and university applications.
To complete the silver level of the award, students must complete four sections of work including planning, training for and completing an expedition. The Kidsgrove students recently completed a trial expedition up Mow Cop, complete with map reading, campsite skills and outdoor cooking, to test whether they were up for the adventurous task.
Mrs Mitchell concluded: “The programme is such a fantastic opportunity for our students and it is great to see them all so enthused, engaged and connecting with their local community.
“We would also like to take this opportunity to thank all the staff members involved in the scheme, the benefit their hard work is having on the students is incredible.”
To learn more about the fantastic opportunities available at The Kidsgrove Secondary School and to book a tour, contact the school office on: 01782 948250 or visit: www.kidsgrovesecondary.org.uk