The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is a voluntary, non-competitive programme of practical, cultural and adventurous activities, designed to support the personal development of young people aged 14 – 25. It offers an individual challenge and encourages young people to undertake exciting, constructive, challenging and enjoyable activities in their free time.
Participating in the Duke of Edinburgh’s award enables students to develop communication skills, problem-solving abilities and proves they have dedication and perseverance. It also shows they can be responsible and work as a team to attain a predetermined goal. These are valuable qualities when looking to enter into higher education and employment.
The award has three levels;
- Bronze (Year 9)
- Silver (Year 10 and 11)
- Gold (at college)
Each participant will have to complete 4 sections for the Bronze and Silver Award;
- Volunteering (helping people in the local community)
- Physical (any sport, dance or fitness activity)
- Skill (hobbies, interests or skills)
Students at Cape Cornwall School are invited to enrol onto the Bronze level at the end of Year 8 so they can start at the beginning of year 9. They are expected to complete their Volunteering, Physical and Skills section before completing the expedition in May and June which is a 2 day and 1 night walk in the local area.
Once they have completed their Bronze Award they are then invited to undertake their Silver Award which requires a higher level of commitment and also a longer expedition (3 days and 2 nights in unfamiliar country).
The award scheme is popular at Cape Cornwall and numbers are growing each year. However, the award is not easy and requires commitment and hard work from each participant.
If you need more information, please contact Mr Olds (D of E Manager) or Miss Watkinson (D of E Coordinator) at the school.