Duke of Edinburgh's Award
Duke of Edinburgh Co-ordinator, Mr. T. Race
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There are 4 sections to the Bronze Award: Volunteering, Skill, Physical Recreation and Expedition.
Students are required to organise their own: Volunteering, Skill and Physical Recreation sections and complete these in their own time. We offer guidance as to suitable choices but it is up to the student to make the necessary arrangements with clubs or outside agencies. Once these sections are complete, students are eligible to join the expedition section, which is organised by the school in the Summer term.
Participants are required to train and give service to others for a minimum period of 3 months. This could involve helping people in the community; for example in childcare or sports leadership, peer mentoring or helping children and young people with special needs. Alternatively, they could train with the Fire Service or Ambulance Service and then provide basic training for others at school.
Participants learn a new skill, or show progress in one in which they are already involved, over a period of at least 3 months. Examples are Astronomy, DJ-ing, Car or Bicycle Maintenance, Cookery, growing plants, Chess, Journalism, Music playing and Photography.
The participant must undertake some form of physical activity for a period of at least 3 months. It could be a sport or activity which is new to them or something in which they are already involved. Examples are Athletics, Badminton, Canoeing, Cricket, Dance, Gymnastics, Judo, Sailing and Weight Training.
One of the above sections must be extended for a further 3 months, i.e. 6 months in total.
The participants must plan and carry out a 2-day expedition to cover 15 miles, camping overnight. Prior to this they will undergo a 10-week training course, run at the school during the Summer term, and will also carry out a full-length practice expedition over a weekend before they can be assessed on the ‘real’ expedition.
It is possible to undertake the Volunteering, Skills and Physical Recreation sections of The Award all at the same time and thus complete these sections within 6 months of registration.
The cost of The Award at Blenheim is £85. This covers the registration fee and record book, the cost of materials to run the pre-expedition training course, transport, administration and a contribution towards equipment costs. It also includes the cost of accommodation on both the practice and assessed expeditions.
Students who successfully complete the Bronze Award mayl be invited to participate in the Silver Award in Year 12. The Silver Award consists of the same four sections as the Bronze Award: Volunteering, Skill, Physical Recreation and Expedition. For the Silver Award, the Volunteering section must be undertaken for 6 months, and either the Physical Recreation or Skill section must also be undertaken for 6 months, with the remaining section being undertaken for 3 months.
The participants must plan and carry out a 3-day expedition to cover 23 miles, camping overnight. Prior to this they will undergo a 10-week training course, run at the school during the summer term, and will also carry out a full-length practice expedition over a weekend before they can be assessed on the ‘real’ expedition. Please note that the expeditions are scheduled for after the Year 12 exam period.
It is possible to undertake the Volunteering, Skills and Physical Recreation sections of The Award all at the same time and thus complete these sections within 6 months of registration. We strongly recommend that the pupils start these sections as soon as possible after registering for the award, to ensure that they are completed by the Summer term of the following year.