Duke of Edinburgh Award
The school runs the Duke of Edinburgh Award at Bronze and Silver level, with all students encouraged to participate in the Award. The Award is the most prominent youth award in the country, with the students taking part in physical activities, learning a skill, volunteering, as well as completing two expeditions to achieve the award.
The award is aimed at providing for young people an enjoyable, challenging and rewarding programme of personal development. The completion of all four sections of the award is also looked on very favourably by colleges, universities and employers as evidence of a well-rounded and committed individual.
To assist all students in participating in the award, the school will be able to provide tents, rucksacks, rolls mats and cooking stoves for all students. Students will need to bring their own clothing and food for the expeditions. However, students will not need to purchase expensive walking boots or waterproofs; trainers and sports jackets will be more than adequate.
The Bronze Award is offered to students at the end of Year 9, to complete from the end of Year 9 and throughout Year 10.
Due to financial support the school has been able to obtain, the overall cost of completing the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award is £40, substantially cheaper than has been possible before. This covers all costs including campsite, assessors and registration. If you are unable to pay for the costs in one payment please discuss this with me, please do not let the cost be the reason your child is unable to participate.
The physical, skills and volunteering sections are to be completed by the students over a 3-6 month period and can be completed during the schools extra-curricular programme or outside the school in sports clubs etc. The expedition section will be led by the school and delivered during the school term. Students will be to complete this in friendship groups from their form.
The Practice Expedition will take place over three days, with one day based in school and a two day expedition in the local area to follow. The two day Assessment Expedition will take place when the students are in Year 10.
The overall cost of completing the Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award is £100. This covers all costs including campsite, assessors and the log book.
However if your child has not completed their Bronze Award (a Direct Entry candidate) they must complete a further six months volunteering, so they will can finish their Award in October 2014 at the earliest.
In order to complete the expedition section of the Silver Award, students are required to undertake a practice expedition and training sessions in preparation for their final expedition. Further if a student has not completed the Bronze Award (a Direct Entry student), they must attend the Expedition Training Weekend.
After-school sessions will begin prior to both expeditions and will continue until students have completed their final route cards. It will be mandatory that students attend at least one of the sessions per week as this will provide an opportunity for them to work in their groups planning route cards. All the training sessions will be advertised on the Duke of Edinburgh notice board and on the Duke of Edinburgh Moodle webpage.