Duke of EdinburghChallenge and Adventure

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme is a programme of practical, cultural and adventurous activities designed to aid the development of young people. Each year the majority of Year 9 students achieve the Bronze award; many then go on to achieve their Silver award in Year 10; each year a number of Sixth Formers achieve the Gold award.

To complete the Award each student must undertake:

  • Volunteering in the local community
  • Pursuing a skill or hobby
  • Taking part in physical recreation

Girls are also required to plan, train for and complete a self-sufficient expedition camping in tents. For some, this challenge is the most demanding aspect and involves preparation and training to ensure that the student is able to manage the required length of the trek carrying a full back pack over varying terrain. Treks tend to be in glorious areas of the UK such as the Chilterns, South Downs, Yorkshire, the Peak District and Brecon Beacons.