Duke of Edinburgh's Award
The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is a challenging programme of leisure time activities, designed to encourage young people to learn new skills, help others, and experience adventure in the outdoors.
Since its creation in 1956 by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, the DofE has gone from strength to strength. Guided by the same set of principles and by young people themselves, it’s as relevant today as it was then.
Students at Priestlands school are able to participate in the Bronze award during Year 10.
The award consists of 4 separate sections; Skill, Physical, Voluntary and the Expedition. The first three sections are completed individually over a three to six month period and we expect them to be completed before the expedition stage. Students must choose activities that fulfill the requirements for each section and make a weekly time commitment of one hour per week for each section. They must keep a record of their participation. For the expeditions, students must work in groups of between 4 and 7 students. These groups must commit to and take part in all the essential training sessions which must be signed off before any expedition can take place. This also includes one training walk and one practice expedition, where all members from the group must work together to achieve their aim.