The nationally recognised Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) Award scheme begins with training in Remove (Year 10). All of our pupils take their Silver Award in the Fifth Form (Year 11) and can take their Gold Award in the Sixth Form if they choose to continue with DofE.
The awards involve personalised programmes of activities in four (or five) sections: volunteering, physical, skills and expedition. There is a residential section required for the Gold Award. Many of the sections are covered in our timetabled outdoor education programme, such as our service afternoons on Wednesdays and Fridays for the Combined Cadet Force (CCF).
Volunteering can involve helping a charity, working with people, animals or the environment, fundraising or coaching.
The physical section involves taking part in a sport and we offer a wide range of team sports, individual sports, water sports and some specialist sports such as Dance, Climbing or Mountain biking.
The skills section involves developing a skill such as art, performance, music, knowledge of science/technology or communication.
The expedition takes place in a small team and involves camping overnight.
The residential section is only required for the Gold Award.