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Gryphon students celebrate DofE & Ten Tors Awards

Last Wednesday, The Gryphon School held its annual Duke of Edinburgh and Ten Tors Awards Presentation Evening. The school is now the biggest state school provider of DofE training in Dorset, with more students enrolling and completing the awards than any other school.

More than 400 people attended the presentation evening, which saw over 150 students receive recognition for their Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards, as well as the five teams that entered the Ten Tors Challenge 2019.

Guest Speaker, Lieutenant Colonel CMJ d’Apice RIFLES, SO1 Ten Tors, gave a presentation on the history and importance of the Ten Tors Challenge, which sees teams of students navigate routes of 35/45/55 miles across Dartmoor, visiting ten checkpoints (Tors) in just under two days.

Also in attendance was Trisha Walker, County DofE Manager and Headteacher Nicki Edwards who presented the awards.  Outstanding achievement Awards were presented to Charlotte Willis (Bronze), Alex Stevens (Silver), Will Oswald (Gold) and Will Cooke (Ten Tors).

The Gryphon has seen a steady rise in students wanting to take part in DofE and the Ten Tors Challenge, with over 50 students wanting to do the Ten Tors challenge 2020, which will be its 60th year. The school also has the most teams entered in to Ten Tors Challenge than any other single school in the South West.

Geoff Cooke, Gryphon teacher and DofE/Ten Tors Challenge Manager said, “We were delighted to celebrate the hard work and achievements of these students over the last year. The amount of hours they put in to training and volunteering is phenomenal and the skills they learn through DofE and Ten Tors will stand them in good stead. Teamwork, resilience, determination and commitment are highly sought after skills that will assist them in their future careers”.

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