Year 9 have enjoyed an introduction assembly today to the Duke of Edinburgh Award. Mr Burndred, who led the assembly, was keen to stress that gaining the award proves to employers how resilient they can be and how they can work independently. All Year 9 pupils have one timetabled lesson per fortnight and they have already started to consider what extra-curricular opportunities there are in school to count towards their volunteering, physical and skills sections. One lesson was also taught outside where students had the chance to have a go at pitching their own tent. It’s safe to say some were more successful than others but that shows just why the experience, and the chance to do it in the great outdoors, is such a valuable one for many of our pupils. A letter will be coming home soon to invite parents to an information evening about the D of E and how they can support their child through the Award including the expeditions that are planned to start in May of next year.