Duke of Edinburgh
Welcome to The Bewdley School and Sixth Form Centre’s Duke of Edinburgh Award. Here at Bewdley we offer all three levels of the Duke of Edinburgh Award – Bronze, Silver and Gold Level. The Awards give students the chance to enhance their skills and enjoy the outdoors. As a school we strongly believe that the Duke of Edinburgh Award adds immeasurable value to our learners as well as creating new experiences and lifelong memories.
We have a dedicated DofE staff team; who are committed to ethos of the Awards and who work hard to facilitate learner success. We are proud of how the awards have grown since we started and this is evidenced by our Award completion rates, which are some of the highest in the county.
What is the Award?
The Award is a challenging programme of activities which will help young people learn new skills, help others and experience adventure and it will give learners a great sense of achievement. What’s more many organisations such as colleges, universities and employers take a good view of the Award and what is says about the person who has achieved it.
The Duke of Edinburgh Award is about having a go, it’s not a competition, and all you need is a bit of enterprise, perseverance and whole load of commitment. The resilience, independence, confidence and teamwork that participants develop through the Award are invaluable to them as teenagers and adults.
What does it involve?
At Bewdley we offer all three levels of the Award – Bronze, Silver and Gold. For each of the levels learners will complete activities in four sections – Skills, Service, Physical recreation and Expeditions. At Gold level learners also take part in a Residential Project.
In each of the sections there are a wide range of options you can choose from or you can find similar activities that interest you. This could be something entirely new or you could continue with an activity you already enjoy.
The highlight for most participants, at Bronze, Silver and Gold, is their expedition. At Bronze, this is done in rural countryside over two days, with students being self-sufficient in groups of up to seven. At Silver, the addition of a second night under canvas and a third full day of walking adds to the challenge. At Gold, the four day expedition takes place in the Welsh mountains, with students camping wild on at least one of the three nights.
Who is it for?
The Awards are aimed at anyone between the ages of 14 and 25 years. You don’t need any special qualifications, just willingness to have a go and a determination to succeed.
Here at The Bewdley School and Sixth Form Centre we offer the Bronze Award to learners in Year 10, the Silver Award in Year 11 and learners can do the Gold Award in Sixth Form.
What will learners get out of it?
- Self confidence
- A sense of identity
- A sense of responsibility
- An awareness of their potential
- New talents and abilities
- An understanding of their strengths and weaknesses
- The ability to plan and use time effectively
- The ability to learn from and give to others in the community
- New relationships
- Skills including problem solving, presentation and communication
- The ability to lead and work as part of a team
- Bronze Award
- Silver Award
- Gold Award
- Section Ideas