ADVENTURE was in store for 49 students from Parkside School during the summer as they went on expeditions for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

They headed off around Yorkshire from the Cullingworth school for challenging hikes and overnight camping to complete the expedition section of DofE.

Parkside DofE coordinator Hayley Evans said: “The year 10 students completed both their practice and their qualifying expeditions, walking around the Wainstalls area and camping at Jerusalem Farm campsite.

“Even though there was plenty of rain and lots of hills to climb, the students stayed in good spirits throughout the expedition.”

The Duke of Edinburgh’s award is described as the world’s leading youth achievement award.

Millions of young people have gone through the scheme over the past seven decades, undergoing sections including volunteering, physical activities, life skills and expeditions.

Duke of Edinburgh students from Parkside School last autumn took part in the annual Lane Fox Challenge, getting muddy and wet as they competed against other schools.

They took part in team-building challenges, which tested them physically and mentally, finishing second to a sixth form team and winning the award for Best Effort and Determination.

Parkside had entered the Lane Fox Challenge for the first time in autumn 2016, winning first place against 14 other Duke of Edinburgh groups.

The Lane Fox Challenge has been held for more than 30 years and is a highlight of the calendar for Duke of Edinburgh groups from Bradford district schools, scout groups, youth clubs and cadet forces.

In spring and summer this year two Parkside students, Sam Strudwick and Jack Evans, spent three months volunteering at Denholme Community Library for their bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

They helped for an hour each week with the running of the library, in particular preparing for the library’s RAF 100 celebrations.

In April 2017, students from Parkside School and Beckfoot Oakbank School in Keighley were among 17 young people who received their bronze and silver Duke of Edinburgh’s awards from the then Lord Mayor of Bradford, Councillor Geoff Reid, at City Hall.