Duke of Edinburgh Award

Participating in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award gives young people the chance to develop skills for work and life and to fulfil their potential. At Icknield Community College we know that completing the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award can be a life changing adventure for your child.

 Levels

The Award offers 3 levels:

  • Bronze
  • Silver 
  • Gold

 At Icknield, we currently provide the opportunity to complete the Bronze Award in year 9 and the Silver award in year 10 and 11.

The Bronze Award is launched in November with a taster session during the subject focus day with sign up and registration before Christmas. Most participants start their volunteering, skills and physical sections around this time and finishing their Award with the expeditions that usually occur in terms 5 and 6.

The Silver Award is launched after the October half-term with sign up also before Christmas. The practice expedition occurs at the start of the Easter holidays during year 10 with the qualifying expedition during the Easter holidays of year 11. This gives the students over 18 months to spread out their other three sections and reduce the pressure of juggling too many commitments, whilst still giving them important time management skills.

Sections

You achieve your Award by completing a personal programme of activities in four sections: Volunteering, Physical, Skills and an Expedition.

For the Bronze Award two of the sections are completed for 3 months and the other for 6 months. The expedition involves a 2 day walk with one night of camping. Participants complete a practice and qualifying expedition.

For the Silver Award one of the sections is completed for 3 months and the other two for 6 months. The expedition involves a 3 day walk with two nights of camping. Participants complete a practice and qualifying expedition.

In preparation for the expedition there is after school training and route planning during terms 3-6 for Bronze participants and a Saturday training day before the expedition for Silver participants.

Your programme can be full of activities and projects that get you buzzing; along the way, you will gain experiences, friends and talents that will stay with you for the rest of your life. Importantly, you choose your own activities to make up your own programme.

Full details of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award can be found on the official website at www.dofe.org

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