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Duke Of Edinburgh

In June 2008 Archbishop Ilsley launched the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award with 20 pupils participating in the Bronze Award. We have now developed the scheme to allow participation at Bronze, Silver and Gold Award level. The award is an excellent way to encourage young people to become ‘active citizens’ and for young people to realise their potential and develop new abilities.

The award consists of four parts:


This is all about making a difference to other people’s lives. Volunteering is about giving time to do something meaningful, motivated by making a difference rather than making money. Getting off the sofa and taking time out to change things for the better. Popular choices are: supporting charities, tidying up the environment, or caring for animals.


This part of the DofE programme is about getting active. Whether you’re into sports, dance or general fitness it doesn’t matter – you can choose to do something you’re interested in. All that matters is doing something that requires a sustained level of energy and physical activity.


Ever wanted to have a go at something completely different? Or get recognised for the time and effort you put into your favourite hobby? This is what the skills section is all about. From podcasting to painting, from DJing to driving, from music to making kites, whatever skill you choose allows you to develop new talents or perfect existing ones. Follow a passion or discover a new one, the choice is yours.


For the expedition section pupils need to be in groups of four to seven.  In their teams, pupils will plan an aim for their expedition, and train to make sure they are fully prepared and know what they are doing!  Once the preparation is done, the fun starts when the pupils will do a practice and then a qualifying expedition. The Bronze Award expedition is around Blackwell in Bromsgrove.  The Silver Award expeditions are usually in the Peak District and Long Mynd.  The Gold Award expeditions are often in the Lake District or Snowdonia.

To achieve your Gold Award, you need to complete an extra section – the Residential.  This involves spending five days and four nights away from home on a shared activity with people you’ve never met before.  It’s an exciting and very fulfilling experience.  It may be that you want to build on a talent you’ve developed in another section, learn something completely new, or do something to help others. 

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