The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme is a leading youth charity which gives all young people the chance to develop skills for work and life, fulfil their potential and have a brighter future. The scheme comprises of four sections: Physical, Skill, Volunteering and Expedition. Pupils are required to independently organise and execute elements of each section for an hour per week (this in in addition to the final ‘Expedition’) over a period of 3 or 6 months. To complete the ‘Expedition’ element, pupils are required to complete an in-school training programme which will provide them with the skills they need to prepare, plan and complete a weekend of camping and walking.
Each pupil is encouraged to independently complete the Award. As individuals, we understand their needs vary, therefore St. Nicholas School encourages a three way partnership between ourselves, the pupil and their parent or carer. With this approach we believe our young people are supported in their quest to complete their ‘Bronze’ Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
We invite pupils to apply for the scheme at the end of the summer term. Eligible pupils will be advised of how to apply through the school. (To be eligible, pupils must be at least 14 years of age in Year 9, approaching Year 10.)
The Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award is a scheme we start with pupils in year 10 and work towards completing by year 11. We started the Bronze Award in 2015/2016 with three pupils, two went on to successfully complete.
In 2016/2017 the cohort increased to nine pupils and of which seven of the nine successfully completed the award. The 2017/2018 cohort again was nine pupils, two have already completed and we look set for five more completions.
This year (2018/2019) our numbers have risen dramatically to sixteen and hopefully we will see all the pupils complete the award.
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