Blessed Trinity students will be hiking, volunteering and map-reading as part of their Duke of Edinburgh awards this year.

The school prides itself on the number of its students who take part in the DofE and more than 70 completed the bronze and silver awards last year, while 150 will be taking part in the bronze, silver and gold awards this year.

“We have trips planned to Pendle Hill, the Ribble Valley, the Yorkshire Dales and the Peak District,” said PE and Pupil Character Development teacher Ms Place.

“The students have already completed more than 1,000 hours of volunteering either in their community, on school projects or in  fundraising areas.

“The DoE is important to students as it helps them to develop essential life-changing skills. It will broaden their horizons and allows them to make new friends.

“It also helps to develop their confidence, enables them to become more independent while it’s a valuable asset on their CVs.”