Duke of Edinburgh’s
All pupils are able to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, which in Year 9 and 10 is dove-tailed with being in the Combined Cadet Force (CCF). DofE is a programme which focuses on encouraging personal achievement and teamwork while developing pupils’ personal interests and building links with the local community.
In addition to carrying out expeditions, participants pursue physical recreation, take on a hobby or skill and undertake a service activity, often contributing to the local community. Pupils also receive specialist instruction in outdoor pursuits such as map-reading, camp-craft and navigation, with ample opportunity to put these skills into practise in real-life situations.
“D of E popular at all levels, with around 30 reaching gold each year.”
The Good Schools Guide
Foot expeditions form an integral and highly popular component of our Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme, with a range of student-led outdoor excursions allowing pupils to put their outdoor training and self-sufficiency to the test. Pupils enrol for the bronze level in Year 9 and participate in expeditions throughout Norfolk and Suffolk, older pupils pursuing Silver or Gold Awards do their expeditions in the Peak District, Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District. For those who have not had the opportunity to do the award previously they are able to enrol for direct entry Gold in the Sixth Form.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme aims to promote a balanced approach to life and learning, helping students to develop and enjoy their existing strengths while cultivating new abilities and confronting fresh challenges.