Seven autistic students who study at a specialist school in Holbrook have overcome the odds by completing a Duke of Edinburgh bronze award.
The determined youngsters took on the testing challenge, attempted by more than 83,000 children across the country every year.
They had to tackle an expedition and also take on work in the local community as part of the award, which was presented to them during a ceremony at the school by the vice-chairman of Derbyshire County Council, Cllr Janet Hill.
The children taking part were:Sam Pegg, Rowan Harrison, Amy Holmes, Dylan Nolan, Megan Mee, Zachary Collishaw and Liam Ratcliffe.
Teacher Johnny Rowlatt said: “This is a significant achievement as in order to complete the award a number of challenging tasks had to be undertaken.
“This culminated in a trek, an overnight camp and a further trek the following day. Students also had to plan the expedition and undertake hours of voluntary work in the community as part of the award.”
Dof E Awards scheme representatives joined the students for the presentation, along with other representatives from Derbyshire County Council, staff and parents
Councillor Hill said: “I was really pleased to attend and see the student’s achievement and its a really positive thing they have accomplished.
“Obviously they needed support, but they had to put up their own tents, cook their own meals.
“They have difficulty in being able to communicate and a lot of work has also gone in by the staff for them to complete this.
“We watched a video of the expedition and they looked so happy sat round at night.
“I hope that they will go on and get their silver and gold too!”
The Holbrook Centre for Autism is a specialist school for children and young people with autism which provides places for pupils aged four to 19 years.