Duke of Edinburgh

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is a series of activities covering different categories that participants select and undertake to achieve their Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards. It is all about self-development. It’s not about being first. It is non-competitive and focuses on helping young people to improve existing skills or gain new talents, abilities or perspectives and being the best they can.

Programme Sections include volunteering (making a difference to others), learning a new skill or improving an existing one, a physical activity and the expedition. The programme is intended to develop initiative and a spirit of adventure and discovery.

Our Bronze Award starts in Year 10. We can currently accommodate 70 students thanks to the goodwill of a committed team of staff who give significantly of their own time in order to enable us to provide the opportunity. Bronze expeditions take place in Wensleydale and Malhamdale.  In Year 12 students have the opportunity to do the Silver Award and a small number of students who have completed Bronze and Silver Awards go on to do their Gold Award. Silver expeditions are in the Peak District and the Yorkshire Dales and Gold expeditions are in the Lake District.

Large items of kit such as tents, rucksacks and sleeping mats can be borrowed from school as well as maps and stoves but other essential items such as walking boots, sleeping bags and waterproofs will need to be provided.