Map reading, meal planning and first aid were just some of the skills learnt by students on a Duke of Edinburgh award training day.

Students attended the day at the academy in preparation for the expedition part of the Silver DofE award.

They will walk seven hours a day in the White Peak between July 10th and 12th 2017 after completing a practice expedition in April 2017.

Students and staff will walk through Chatsworth, Bakewell and Haddon Hall, camping overnight and finishing in Sheen.

During their training day, the students mapped out the route, learnt about the countryside code, first aid and looked at how they could plan their meals. They also practiced putting up their tents.

Jack Medcalf, who is in Year 11, said he was looking forward to the expedition.

He said: “I think it will be a great thing to do as we will have just finished our GCSEs so it’s something to look forward to. We’ve already done Bronze and I definitely want to go for the Gold award after this.

“The award is fun and it can be challenging too but I think we will get a real sense of achievement once we’ve finished it.”

Students going for the Silver award also have to demonstrate that they have learnt new skills which could involve taking part in the school show or a first aid course.

They physical element of the award involves learning a new sport and doing one hour a week over six months. They also have to carry out volunteer work.

Teacher Matt Robinson leads the DofE scheme at Saint Benedict CVA.

He said: “It’s a fantastic scheme which gives the students plenty of opportunities to learn new skills and challenge themselves.”

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