Duke of Edinburgh

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme is a popular and flourishing option with up to 60 pupils taking part. The award is designed to develop the confidence and self-reliance of young people and it is also a lot of fun, as the continually increasing numbers of pupils taking part testifies.

Participation in the scheme is open to all pupils in Form 4 (Year 9) , Lower 5 (Year 10) and Lower Sixth Form. The school offers participation at Bronze, Silver and Gold levels of the award. Each level consists of four sections; skill, service, physical recreation and expeditions. The Gold section also has a requirement to complete a residential experience.

Expedition training takes place during activity time and on several weekends in the Lent and Summer terms. This means that pupils may opt for both the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and the CCF.

Expeditions take place at many locations across the UK including the Mendips, Marlborough Downs, Dartmoor, Exmoor, the Brecon Beacons, the Lake District and Scotland.

All levels of the award include a practise expedition and an assessed expedition, with the duration and distance being longer for the Gold award than the Silver. All expeditions are led by suitably qualified staff from within the school. Typical costs involved are £150 for Bronze, £200 for Silver and £250 for the Gold (guideline costs only). A large outlay on equipment is unnecessary as the College can provide tents, cooking equipment, rucksacks and maps. Pupils will normally provide their own boots and waterproofs.

For all enquiries please email sdorey@priorparkschools.com