Ellesmere Port high school students test survival skills

Whitby High teenagers take on the Duke of Edinburgh awards

Students from Whitby High School in Ellesmere Port in Snowdonia(Image: Whitby High)

High school students from Ellesmere Port have been testing their survival skills in Snowdonia.

The teenagers from The Whitby High School on Sycamore Drive have been pressing ahead with training for their bronze, silver and gold Duke of Edinburgh’s awards.

Eighty five Year 10 students completed a practice expedition for their bronze award in the Snowdonia National Park to see what the expedition section of the award is all about.

The Whitby High students test their skills(Image: Whitby High)


The students had to complete a two-day expedition carrying all they would need while undertaking their journey, developing their navigation and camp craft skills and learning to work as a group.

The weather was kind and the teenagers didn’t have to test the effectiveness of their waterproofs too often.

The qualifying expeditions took place in June with the girls completing their expedition a week before the boys.

Whitby High pupils stride out in Snowdonia(Image: Whitby High)


Navigation skills were put to the test as they used maps and compasses to complete a two day walk from Dolwyddelan to Beddgelert.

Students camped on a public camp site on the shore of Llyn Gwynant and were required to work in their groups to put up a tent and cook for themselves using a cooking stove.

Both silver and gold groups from the high school have been out developing their skills on practice expeditions before tackling their qualifying expeditions again in the Snowdonia National Park.

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