As an academy that is committed to delivering excellence inside and outside of the classroom, we are extremely proud to be involved with the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award as a Directly Licenced Centre (DLC). This year 28 Year 9 students will be taking part in completing their Bronze Award and we hope that with the support of the academy and businesses in our local community that these numbers will grow over the coming years.

What is the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award?

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is a fun adventure and major challenge, with three progressive Award levels (Bronze, Silver and Gold) and a wide range of activities offer endless possibilities to anyone aged 14 to 24. Millions of young people in the UK have already taken part in the world’s leading youth achievement award – pushing personal boundaries, gaining new skills and enhancing their CVs and university applications.

Completing each level of the Award requires the successful completion of four sections over a set period of time; Skill, Physical, Volunteering and Expedition. Each section requires commitment and dedication which makes achieving the Award all the more special at the end.

Good luck to all of our students involved!

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award: Skills Sessions

In order to have a proficient understanding of the outdoors and to be self-sufficient on the expeditions, students will be required to attend the sessions outlined below. All sessions will run from 15:10 – 16:20 unless otherwise stated.
Attendance at the sessions is crucial. Failure to attend the sessions may result in students not being able to complete the award.

15th January Welcome to the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
22nd January eDofE sign-up and introduction to eDofE
29th January Kit and kit maintenance
5th February Map Skills – Using map symbols
12th February Map Skills – Grid references
Half Term
26th February Map Skills – Using a compass
4th March Countryside code
11th March Route planning (Practice walk 1)
18th March Practice walk 1 preparation session
End of Term
15th April Route planning (Practice walk 2)
22nd April Practice walk 2 preparation session
29th April First Aid (extended session 15:10 – 18:00)
6th May Expedition Skills - Nutrition
13th May Expedition Skills - Cooking
20th May Expedition Skills – Camp set up
27th May Expedition Skills – Putting it all together
Half Term
10th June Practice expedition – kit gathering / inspection
17th June Practice expedition feedback and improvement
24th June Skills review and eDofE sign off
1st July Skills review and eDofE sign off
8th July Final Expedition
15th July Presentation preparation
TBC Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Ceremony 2016