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Duke of Edinburgh Curriculum Statement


The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme is a nationally recognised award that supports the school’s commitment to offer high quality learning outside the classroom complementing our broad academic curriculum.  


We encourage our pupils to complete this course because it provides opportunities for young people to develop essential life skills, increase their employability and foster their creativity and innovation.


Our pupils benefit from discovering a series of values aligned to those of our school:

  • A sense of achievement (Excellence)
  • New skills and interests, self-confidence and self-reliance, exciting opportunities (Courage)
  • Leadership skills and abilities (Respect, Kindness)
  • Experience of teamwork (Trust) and decision making (Responsibility).


Our pupils complete the Duke of Edinburgh’s Bronze Award, which comprises four elements:

  • Volunteering: undertaking service to individuals or the community.
  • Physical: improving in an area of sport, dance or fitness activities.
  • Skills: developing practical and social skills and personal interests.
  • Expedition: planning, training for and completion of an adventurous journey in the UK.


Pupils experience activities that they may never have considered trying before, and along the way, they will pick up friends, talents and memories that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.


During the course pupils develop the skills and attitudes they need to become more rounded, confident adults with qualities that colleges and employers are attracted to.


When our pupils pursue their Duke of Edinburgh's Award, they are investing in their future to become resilient, productive and employable young adults.

Just a gentle reminder. If your child is suffering from any Covid symptoms you will need to keep them at home, arrange a PCR test at your earliest convenience and contact the school for advice.