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Duke of Edinburgh Award

In June 2008 Archbishop Ilsley decided to launch the Duke of Edinburgh’s award with 20 pupils participating in the Bronze award. We have now developed the scheme allowing participation at Bronze, Silver and Gold award level.

The award is an excellent way to encourage young people to become ‘active citizens’. It is a motive way of putting citizenship education into practice. The award will give students the opportunity to gain an awareness of their potential and developed new talents and abilities such as; how to plan and use time effectively, building new relationships, problem solving, presenting, communication and most importantly how to lead and work as part of a team.

The award consists of four parts:

Volunteering; this is all about making a difference to other people's lives. Getting off the sofa and taking time out to change things for the better. The most popular choices are funding raising for a charity or caring for animals.

Physical; This part of your DofE programme is all about getting active. Whether you’re into sports, dance or general fitness it doesn’t matter – you can choose to do something you’re interested in.

Skill; Ever wanted to have a go at something completely different? Or get recognised for the time and effort you put into your favourite hobby? This is what the Skills section is all about. From podcasting to painting, from DJing to driving, from music to making kites, whatever skill you choose, allows you to develop new talents or perfect existing ones. Follow a passion or discover a new one, the choice is yours.


Volunteering  Physical Skills Expedition
 3 months 3 months 3 months Plan, train for a complete 2 day, 1 night expedition
All participants must undertake a further three months in the Volunteering, Physical or Skills section.


Volunteering  Physical Skills Expedition
 6 months One section for 6 months and the other section for three months Plan, train for a complete 3 day, 2 night expedition
Direct entrants must undertake a further six months in the Volunteering or the longer of the Physical Skills sections.