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Duke Of Edinburgh’s Award

Since 2015, we have been running the Duke of Edinburgh Award. With a £9,887 grant from the Big Lottery Fund, when we introduced our first cohort to the Bronze award.

Each year our cohort size has increased. In 2016/17 we had 55 students enrolled on the Bronze award and started our first Silver award. In 2018/19 we have introduced our first Gold award.

Expeditions so far have seen students exploring Ashdown Forest, Danbury, Roxwell and the South Downs. The Gold expedition may travel to Wales.

Our Aim

Our aim is to continue achieving high standards within the Duke of Edinburgh programmes and reach a number of students through the Bronze, Silver and Gold awards.

Year 9 students are being introduced to the Bronze award while Year 10 are looking at the Silver award. When students progress to Year 12 they can begin their Gold award.

Students must complete an overnight expedition showing camp craft skills, leadership, teamwork and map reading skills. They must also complete a volunteering section, learn a new skill and take part in a physical challenge.

As part of the Bronze award, all students are offered the opportunity to achieve a 3-year Junior First Aid qualification. Silver students gain a one year AED (Automatic External Defibulator) qualification, and Gold study an adult 16 hour first aid course (Outdoor Pursuits).

Training occurs throughout the year, resulting in a practice and assessed expedition in the Spring/Summer. When all elements of the award are completed, a presentation assembly occurs with parents/carers invited into the academy to celebrate their child’s success.  During the presentations, we have external Duke of Edinburgh speakers to present the awards.

Training and Important dates

Training takes place on Mondays 2.40pm – 4.00pm in the Breakout Area.
Training includes map reading, route planning, First Aid, using a compass, camp craft, cooking, meal planning and how to pack equipment safely.

Important Dates

Bronze Practice Expedition – 26th / 27th April 2019

Bronze Assessed Expedition – 7th / 8th June 2019

Silver Practice Expedition – 17th – 19th May 2019

Silver Assessed Expedition – 21st – 23rd June 2019

Gold – August 2019

DofE Staffing

Miss Ferdinando – DofE Coordinator and Assessor

Miss Dodge – DofE Leader and Assessor

Miss Barr – DofE Leader

Miss Parrish – DofE Volunteer

Miss Burgess – DofE Volunteer

Mr Deadman – DofE Volunteer

Mr Battye – DofE Volunteer

Mr Banham – DofE Volunteer

Miss Thompson – DofE Volunteer

Miss Whittington – DofE Volunteer

Miss Smart – DofE Volunteer

Award Presentation

Over 100 students have achieved and completed either their Bronze or Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award. The Academy holds a presentation assembly each year to celebrate the success of the young people on such a massive achievement.

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