Duke of Edinburgh Award
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme is introduced to all pupils in Year 9. Throughout the year they complete a range of expeditions as a team and take part in community volunteering projects in order to qualify for the bronze award.
After completing the bronze award pupils can continue working towards the silver and gold awards and thus the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme is an active part of their school life for many in Year 10, Year 11 and sixth form too.
Expeditions are a key part of the scheme allowing pupils to demonstrate a range of practical skills. With each award the expeditions become longer and more challenging. The majority of expeditions take place at weekends in England and Wales, however, there is also the opportunity to travel abroad at gold level.
Pupils are well prepared through a training weekend and practice expedition, prior to their assessed expedition. Throughout this process they will learn a number of survival skills including how to navigate successfully, put tents up, cook using a camping stove, and first aid.
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