The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is available to all students who would like to take on the challenge. We see a large number of students participate every year in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.
The Bronze programme starts in September of Year 9. Enrolment for the Silver Award is in Year 10, and we also offer the Gold Award.
Students take 6 months to a year to complete each stage of the Award. We aim to encourage service to the community through volunteering, development of practical skills, participation in a physical activity, and a spirit of adventure in their expedition. All sections of the award require a regular commitment outside of normal lesson time for about one hour per week and for a number of months. There are no absolute standards of ability in each activity as it is all about development of the individual.
Recent expeditions have taken Year 9 on their Bronze Expedition to Thetford Forest and the Year 10 Silver Award to the New Forest and White Peak. Gold has taken them to the Brecon Beacons and the Dark Peak.
Mr Pearson organises the Bronze Award and Mrs Middleton-Sams organises the Silver and Gold Awards and the expeditions. Mr Graves has taken on responsibility for assisting students with the Voluntary, Physical Recreation and Skill sections. Mrs Middleton-Sams is the overall coordinator. Ms Foulger is the in school contact.
To find out more about the award go to: www.dofe.org