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Duke of Edinburgh
The Duke of Edinburgh Award is a National Scheme which is open to all young people from 14-24 years of age. It consists of three levels, Bronze, Silver & Gold. Pupils have to complete four sections (five is 'Going for Gold') within each award which are made up from Physical, Skill & Volunteer phases. Following the completion of these phases the final section is the Expedition phase. This is where pupils are provided the skills they need to successfully navigate their group around a specific route within the British Countryside and be completely self-sufficient for the length of the expedition. They are required to use a variety of Life Skills such as Leadership, Communication, Team work and Co-operation as this can improve Self-Esteem to assist their future development and preparing them for further education and employment. Research has shown that by improving Self-Esteem pupils have the potential to improve their school grades, as pupils feel more focused and motivated to achieve their goals. The Duke of Edinburgh Award is high on the qualification and skills requirement list for employers and educational establishments, when selecting the qualified staff and students for their needs.

A Duke of Edinburgh Award is a real adventure from beginning to end, enabling pupils to be taken out of their comfort zone, but these experiences are so life changing and achievable for all pupils. Any pupils who are looking for adventure and you think you've got what it takes to then don't hesitate to come and speak to our D of E Team.

Recently our Bronze & Silver Award Groups completed their expeditions. The Bronze Award group from Year 10 completed their expeditions in Parbold & Waddington, Lancashire. The first expedition is known as the Practice Expedition where pupils are accompanied by Qualified Expedition Leaders with many years of experience, to provide them the skills to complete the navigation phase; whilst the Assessment Expedition was pupils walking without staff members, but were supervised from a distance. Pupils were met at specific checkpoints along their route. Both expeditions were completed over a 2–day trek with 1 night camp.

The Silver Award group from Year 11 completed their Practice Expeditions around Dunsop Bridge, Lancashire and their Assessment by Place Fell in Patterdale, Lake District, at the foot of Hellvellyn. As this was the next level up each expedition consisted of a 3-day trek with 2 nights camping around the picturesque hills. All pupils successfully completed their expeditions and we stopped off on the way back for a traditional treat. We have number of pupils beginning their Gold Award this coming year.

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