Forty Huntcliff School students were recently invited to receive their Duke of Edinburgh Award certificate as part of a formal presentation held at Freeborough Academy.
Students proudly accepted their certificates to commemorate their hard work during the programme, to an audience of friends, family, special guests and other Redcar & Cleveland DofE centres. The certificates were presented by Rebecca Durrell, a British professional racing cyclist and coincidentally a former student at Huntcliff, which is based on Saltburn Learning Campus.
Duke of Edinburgh in Huntcliff School undertook a massive shift last year moving away from using an external Approved Activity Provider – employed to provide a full package of training, supervision and assessment for the expedition section of the award – to being completely self-sufficient; with a team of internal instructors training and supervising students with additional support from members of Huntcliff staff, parents/carers and the Redcar and Cleveland Duke of Edinburgh network.
The school not only had its biggest cohort of Duke of Edinburgh students to date during the academic year, but also had its first ever Silver team.
In total 60 students were taken out as part of their expedition section last year, covering over 100km over six weekends.
Photo: Duke of Edinburgh students and one of two DofE Coordinators at Huntcliff (Miss Tompkins – far left) on an expedition, passing along ‘The Man on the Moors’ statue within the North York Moors National Park.