Hall Cross Academy pupils’ pride at completing Duke of Edinburgh award

Pupils at Hall Cross Academy receive their bronze Duke of Edinburgh award.
Pupils at Hall Cross Academy receive their bronze Duke of Edinburgh award.
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Pupils at Hall Cross Academy, Thorne Road, are brimming with pride after completing their Duke of Edinburgh award.

41 pupils worked hard over the past twelve months to achieve the award. 22 Bronze awards and 19 Silver awards were presented to the pupils, who had to complete volunteering work, learn or develop a skill and improve on their personal fitness, as part of the scheme.

Millie Gilkes who received her Bronze D of E said: “It has been a brilliant experience, I have developed my fitness through netball, volunteered at my local dance club teaching younger members and learnt refereeing skills in netball as my skill.

“The highlight was the expedition in the peak district, which was very challenging having to carry all our equipment, but we had plenty of laughs along the way.

“I am really looking forward to moving onto my Silver award.”

The school has seen a massive increase in student participants which required new equipment needing to be bought including tents, rucksacks and camping stoves.

The money was provided through a grant from the Awards for All grant scheme, with a generous discount provided by Go Outdoors Doncaster and Pudsey stores.

Mr Gardham, D of E leader at the school, said “I am very proud of the pupils. Our challenge now is supporting our pupils moving onto their Gold awards, with a trip planned for Norway. If any companies can help please get in touch on 01302 320626.”

For more information about the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme visit www.dofe.org