The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (D of E) is a voluntary, non-competitive programme of leisure-time activities for 13–25 year olds, designed to offer pupils a personal and individual challenge. We is delighted and proud to be associated with the award.
It introduces students to exciting, positive, challenging and enjoyable things to do in their free time. They make new friendships, working with adults who give up their time to share skills and help organise the programme. Many things they do at school already may count towards one of the sections, so they are validating what they already do.
In D of E, students learn new skills, help others and experience adventure. What’s more, it’s prestigious and valued by influential people, organisations and employers.
Students are ideally placed to participate in this renowned, challenging programme of personal development. Involvement in the Award requires commitment and initiative, and develops independence and confidence. It provides participants with a wealth of valuable experiences from which grows a strong sense of achievement.
The school’s rich extra-curricular life, together with activities undertaken outside school, provides ample opportunities for pupils to become involved in all four areas of the Award: Volunteering, Skills, Physical and Expeditions. For each level the participants need to complete activities in all four separate sections. It is up to them what they do. In each section there is a wide range of options from which they can choose. Indeed some of the activities they currently do may count towards the award.
- 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 or abroad