On the weekend that saw Andy Murray become the first British Men’s Wimbledon Champion, three expedition groups from Priory battled through the hottest weekend of the year to complete their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Expedition.
All three teams were a credit to the school, and their team spirit was excellent. Many thanks go to Ms Debens for providing the logistic support and Miss Long for giving up their weekends. Mr Rogers, a qualified mountain leader who has been training young people for 15 years, said he will miss the expedition next year as it is one of his highlights of the academic year.
The teams have been planning their venture since January. The expedition, along the South Downs north of Worthing, covered 30 miles and a total height gain of 700m, the equivalent of climbing Snowdon from Pen-y-Pass. The Year 11 pupils had to carry their own equipment and were unsupported by staff.
Andy Price, the assessor, commented that the three groups were some of the ‘most exceptional young adults’ he has worked with.