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The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme is a nationally recognised award that supports the school's commitment to offering high quality learning outside of the classroom and complements our broad curriculum. We want to encourage our pupils to complete the award as this provides opportunities for our young people to develop essential life skills, increase their employability and foster their creativity and innovation.
Our pupils will focus on the Duke of Edinburgh’s Bronze Award from Year 9 upwards. The award comprises the three basic elements of discovery, exploration and conservation of wild places.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Bronze Award then focuses these elements into:
Volunteering: undertaking service to individuals or the community.
Physical: improving in an area of sport, dance or fitness activities.
Skills: developing practical and social skills and personal interests.
Expedition: planning, training for and completion of an adventurous journey in the UK.
Our pupils will benefit from discovering a series of values aligned to those of our school:
A sense of achievement
New skills and interests, self-confidence and self-reliance, exciting opportunities
Leadership skills and abilities
Experience of teamwork and decision making.
Pupils will experience activities that they may never have considered trying before, and along the way, they will pick up talents and memories that will stay with them for the rest of their lives. During the program pupils will develop the skills and attitudes they need to become more rounded, confident adults with qualities that colleges and employers value. When our pupils pursue their Duke of Edinburgh's Award, they are investing in their future to become resilient, productive and employable young adults.
What we are doing
We stared the Duke of Edinburgh Award in summer term 2022. Pupils are now working towards their Bronze Award. Pupils are required to complete set numbers of hours in each element and we will timetable to ensure that this is achievable. The expedition section of the award will be completed during the spring term in accordance with restrictions at the time. So far our pupils have built skills in orienteering, first aid, survival and communication.