DUKE OF EDINBURGH SILVER AWARD
The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme (DoE) is an award that has been running in the Senior School for a number of years. Every year we regularly guide the vast majority of upper school students through the Silver Award. We are one of the most active schools in the region participating in the Award.
It is widely recognised worldwide as offering a challenge pursuit for young people between the ages of 14-25. This recognition from employers, universities and colleges has made the Award Scheme reach a level of prestige in educational establishments offering it.
The scheme is a balanced, progressive programme of extra curricular activities giving opportunities for personal development and achievement through community and social involvement. There are also elements of adventure and the discovery of new talents and interests.
Pupils in the senior school have successfully followed various programmes over the past few years.
The programme is divided into 4 parts.
Pupils have in the past worked in charity shops, helped out at old people’s homes, worked with the Police and also worked with the Fire Brigade.
Pupils have completed a number of expeditions over the past year culminating in preparing for a 3 days camping expedition in rural lowland following their own routes up to a maximum of 46km. Pupils need to navigate, set up tents and cook for themselves over the weekend.
The past year has seen residential trips to Dartmoor, Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire.
Navigation mornings organised for pupils to familiarise themselves with their map skills
Taster days Friday – Saturday to familiarise pupils with basic camp craft
Practice weekends in preparation for the Assessed Weekend.
Pupils have learned new skills such as First Aid, Photography, Singing, Pottery, Guitar playing as well as various sports.
Pupils have undertaken a course of instruction in various sports such as football, cricket, netball, hockey etc.
It is encouraging to see a large percentage of the Upper Seniors having the commitment and dedication to pursue the award every year and we should see even more students participating in the programme.