The Duke of Edinburgh Award’s aims to provide an enjoyable, challenging and rewarding programme of personal development for young people, which is of the highest quality and with the widest reach.

The Award is a four-section programme with three levels:

  • Bronze (starting in Year 10)
  • Silver (starting in Year 11)
  • Gold (starting in Year 12 or 13)

The four sections involve:

  • Service (helping people in the community)
  • Skills (covering almost any hobby, skill or interest)
  • Physical Recreation (sport, dance and fitness)
  • Expeditions (training for, planning and completing a journey on foot or horseback, by boat or cycle)
  • Residential Project (Gold Award only) – a purposeful enterprise with people not previously known to the participant

Benefits of the Award

The Award is widely recognised by employers and people involved in education. Some of the benefits to young people include developing self-confidence and self-reliance; gaining a sense of achievement and a sense of responsibility; discovering new skills, interests and talents and developing leadership skills and abilities. They can also discover exciting opportunities; make new friends; experience teamwork, problem-solving and decision-making; increase their motivation; enhance their self-esteem and develop their communication skills. And, of course, they also have fun!

In taking part, participants develop:

  • self-belief
  • self-confidence
  • a sense of identity
  • independence – of thought and action
  • a sense of responsibility
  • an awareness of their potential
  • new talents and abilities
  • an understanding of strengths and weaknesses
  • the ability to plan and use time effectively
  • the ability to learn from and give to others in the community
  • new relationships
  • skills including problem solving, presentation and communication
  • the ability to lead and work as part of a team

And it’s a popular choice for our students…

Each year around 100 Year 10 girls participate in the Bronze Award, about 50 in the Silver and around 30 in the Gold Award. In the spring and autumn terms, we can often be seen out in the Peak District on training and qualifying expeditions.