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 Award was started in 2015/2016 and takes two years to complete. To date two pupils have received the Bronze Award and another is on route for the award with one more section to complete.
This year nine pupils are on target for completing the Bronze Award. There are ten pupils in the new cohort starting this year.
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