Silver Expedition Introduction Session:

I will be holding 2 Silver Expedition Introduction sessions on Monday 17th & then again on Monday 24th February.

Students need to book which session they want to attend and come along with their potential team members if possible. Students that haven’t yet got a group are welcome to book in too.

Students must email me to pre book the session they wish to attend.

The expedition dates are:

Practice Expedition: Friday 15th – Sunday 17th May

Qualifying Expedition: Wednesday 26th August – Friday 28th August.



Changes to the DofE expeditions 2020:

This year we have decided to trial a few changes to how we do DofE Expeditions at XP.

The Bronze Expedition will no longer have an overnight practice expedition. Instead we will spend the day hiking; learning navigational skills and return to school the same day. The qualifying expedition will still be an overnight expedition.

The Silver Expedition  will be voluntary this year for year 10 students. Students will still be expected to complete the voluntary, skill and physical sections of the programme.

We hope that by allowing students to choose to do the expedition we will create a much richer and fulfilling experience for those that participate. We would love for parents to encourage their son / daughter to do the expedition so that they can complete their full Silver DofE Award as this is an internationally recognised qualification.

Instead of the expedition planning sessions taking place on a Friday afternoon they will now happen on a Monday after school, however this won’t necessarily be every week.

The silver practice expedition will take place from Friday 3rd – Sunday 5th April and the Qualifying expedition will be from Friday 15th – Sunday 17th May. Whilst expedition students are out of school on these 2 Fridays the students that remain in school will be doing service learning within the community. 

Crew leaders have been fully briefed on these changes and can answer any questions you may have, however I am more than happy to receive emails or speak over the phone too.

This week in crew we will be asking year 10 students whether they would like to take part in the silver expedition. A letter will then be given to you at the upcoming SLCs for you to sign and give consent.


Kate ap Harri

DofE Bronze Qualifying Expedition – Crew Earhart

Last week Crew Earhart embarked on the qualifying expedition for their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh award. In crew this morning we focused on debriefing our DofE experience, which included a discussion about our strengths and weaknesses as crew, giving appreciation and apologising when necessary and also discussing the importance of de-gunge.

This experience has helped Crew Earhart to realise the importance of working together and the power of being crew not passengers.

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X22 Silver Expedition Important Information:


Hi, The Silver Qualifying Expedition is next week from Tuesday 9th July to Thursday 11th July.

Students need to arrive at school at the normal time of 8.30am for registration. (Registration will be in Xp East in the community area with crew leaders).

Students will be available to collect from XP East on the 11th July at 5pm. Students will NOT be allowed to leave earlier as de-gunging equipment is part of the expedition process.

Please check the DofE@XP website for a reminder of the kit list. You can find it under EXPEDITION / EXPEDITION KIT & EQUIPMENT and scroll down. It is really important that they have the appropriate kit. If they do need to borrow anything whilst on expedition this must be returned or a charge may be incurred.

Rucksack packing will take place on Monday 8th July from after school to 5pm so remind them to bring in their kit & food that morning.

I’m unsure of what the weather will be like next week and is often different to what has been forecast so please make sure they have all the kit listed from suncream to wolly hat & gloves.

If there are any changes to the original expedition consent / medical form, such as emergency contact, medication etc then please inform us as soon as possible.

Please remember that students must NOT carry medication on themselves unless previously arranged with their expedition supervisor.

All mediation must be sent in to expedition supervisors in its original packaging with the students name on it, the name of the medication, dose and frequency and when they last took it (if necessary) and put in a plastic zip lock bag. Permission to administer this must be recorded on the consent / medical form or  given in writing.