What an amazing few weeks we have had with the Award. I would like to congratulate all participants on their fantastic efforts with both Silver and Gold.


We are fortunate to have 8 girls in the process of completing their Gold Award this year, the highest number to date. The Expedition section of the Gold Award is completed with Hampton School and we have just returned from the Lake District with huge smiles on the faces of the girls who have achieved either their practice or assessment journey. The weather was wet and at times clear and sunny but that did not bother the girls on their journey. We have all returned with a number of midge bites (note to self when we return in October – lots of bug spray!) A huge ‘Well Done’ to all girls of whom I am very proud.


Having just completed their GCSE exams, the Year 11 Silver participants climbed aboard the minibuses all raring to go and ready for a stroll in the New Forest.

The weather was kind to us, not the 30+ degrees it had been two days earlier, making it good weather for walking. There were the usual wrong twists and turns with compasses not seeming to work correctly – perhaps it was the navigator! I am delighted that ALL participants achieved their Expedition section which means they have achieved their Silver Award.Well done, girls and I look forward to your enrolment forms for Gold before the end of term. The practice expedition will be in October in the Lakes.

Many thanks must go to Mr. Rock, Mr. Cox, Mr Melling and Hampton School staff without whom we could not achieve the expeditions.

Janet Saddler