The Duke of Edinburgh Award at St Edmund’s is a high quality, enjoyable, challenging and rewarding programme for our young people. It is designed to promote personal development, self-reliance and leadership skills outside of the classroom.
The aim of the award is to give our pupils Self-confidence and skills for life. Through individual challenges, the bronze award offers a non-competitive programme of activities which encourages personal discovery and growth, self-reliance, perseverance, responsibility to themselves and service to the community.
The award consists of 4 main elements:
Volunteering-offer service to individuals or the community. This can range from being a peer mentor, supporting in a local primary school, working in a charity shop or animal sanctuary or coaching a local sports club.
Skill – This encourages discovery and development of practical and social skills and personal interests. Eg. Learning to cook, learning to play a musical instrument, develop skills in photography or archery.
Physical – Encourages participation/improvement in physical activity. Eg. Regular participation in a sports team, regular fitness training or participation in an outdoor activity.
Expedition – this encourages a spirit of adventure and discovery. The Expedition requires each participant to work as a group, putting their skills to the tests. Pupils must navigate themselves across the countryside and also camp overnight. Training for the expedition is completed during the winter and early spring months, with a training weekend, practice expedition and assessed expeditions taking place between May and July.