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Duke of Edinburgh Award

 

Year 9 and 10 students have now enrolled in taking part in the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.
The Duke of Edinburgh Award is a fantastic opportunity that will enable them to develop widely recognised life skills and provide them with a sense of adventure. They will become fitter and healthier, make new friends and return with memories which will last a lifetime.

RE: Change of date of final expedition 

The weekend expedition is now to to take place on Sunday 28th and Monday 29th June. The Monday being a school school day and we will be back at school for the final debriefing, this should finish no later than 6pm.
We will still be camping at Boidier Hurst Scout Camp Site.

What is the Duke ofEdinburgh Award? 

It is recognition of a young person’s successful journey of self-discovery and development, acclaimed by employers and universities alike for demonstrating the qualities developed within young people who achieve it. It is a balanced programme that develops the whole person - mind, body and soul, in an environment of social interaction and team working. There are three progressive levels of DofE programmes which, when successfully completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award. The Bronze Award takes approximately 8 months to complete.

There are four sections to the award: Volunteering, Physical, Skills and Expedition.

The first three sections are carried out independently but with support from the DofE Coordinators. Each student will choose activities personal to them. Two of the three sections need to be completed for a period of 3 months and the third for a 6 month time period. It is advised that the commitment should be for around one hour every week for each. It may be that they are already taking part in an activity that falls into one of the sections, in which case they will now be able to gain recognition for this. Equally, we will be encouraging pupils to undertake new experiences.

All participants are registered online to carry out their award on the eDofE website. It is a vital part of the award that your child recognises the need to regularly check and update their sections on this website as this is the main channel of communication between us and the participants. Once completed, all awards are submitted for approval at the county via eDofE, therefore if your child has not been updating their profile regularly they will not receive their award.

The expedition, an overnight walking/camping trip in the local area, is done as part of a group of between five and seven students. Training, practice and the qualifying expedition will take place in the spring and summer terms of this school year.

Information 

Countryside Code

What you will need: 

  • Walking boots (broken in)
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Walking trousers or tracksuit bottoms (NOT jeans)
  • 2 pairs of socks
  • 2/3 T-shirts (not cotton) or quick dry tops
  • Fleece or mid layer
  • Underwear
  • Wash kit
  • Sun cream/ Hat and gloves
  • Rucksack
  • 1L water bottle
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping Mat
  • Cutlery and plastic bowl
  • Head torch

Once signed up to eDofE you will receive discounts at certain outdoor stores to help with these purchases. If you require any help with funding, please see Ms Riesner or Mrs Styles.

Frequently Asked Questions

What if my child receives Free School Meals?

If your child is eligible for Free School Meals, then we can apply for funding to cover the cost of the award. Please tick the appropriate box on the reply form if you would like to be considered for this funding. Each funding application is considered on an individual basis and we will contact you individually to inform you whether the application was successful.

What if my child decides to drop out of the award?

If your child decides to withdraw from the award at any time throughout the year, we are not able to refund any payments. This is because we are trying to keep costs minimal and £22 of the payment is signing up to the eDofE website.