Duke of Edinburgh & Ten Tors
The College is a Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) centre, giving pupils in years 9, 10 and 11 the opportunity to obtain their Duke of Edinburgh award. Alongside this, each year we enter a team (or two, subject to availability at the event) for the annual Ten Tors challenge.
Signing up forms and kit lists are below.
Please visit our dedicated Facebook page for more information and updates about these activities.
With Dartmoor, Exmoor and the North Devon coast all a short drive from the College, it’s not surprising that we have a thriving and varied outdoor education programme!
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is the world's leading youth achievement award, giving young people the opportunity to be the very best they can be.
DofE at the College has been developed to provide valuable teamwork experience, both through voluntary work and within school. Pupils build their self-confidence by setting goals and working towards them and will also get to push their boundaries - go exploring, discover new things about the world around them, and hopefully, discover something new about themselves.
In addition to encouraging young people to improve physical fitness, develop new skills and give time to worthy causes, the College runs several DofE expeditions every year, with exciting locations including Dartmoor, Bodmin, Exmoor, the Quantocks, Snowdonia and the Lake District.
We have around 80 pupils participating in the scheme at any time and the completion rate is very high. We have a good number of qualified and experienced staff to help pupils meet their goals and expand their horizons.
The Ten Tors Challenge
The Ten Tors Challenge is not for the faint-hearted! It involves months of arduous training in some of the worst conditions possible on Dartmoor, including fog, hail, rain, snow or high winds, over increasingly challenging distances with increasingly heavy backpacks.
We pride ourselves on the strengths of the Ten Tors teams we produce at the College, with teamwork, determination, and positive attitudes complementing the navigation and survival skills developed over the course of the training.
Our team of volunteers includes former pupils whose participation in these activities has left them with a lifetime love of adventure and the great outdoors. We also actively encourage adventurous parents to get their boots muddy with us!