Duke of Edinburgh
The Bewdley School offers every student the chance to participate in the longstanding and very well-regarded Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme, offering those who complete their Gold Award the chance to be presented with their certificate at St. James’ Palace. The scheme continues to prove very popular with our students, with around 200 currently completing the three levels of award.
A Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is so much more than a ‘pat on the back’ for completing a programme of activities. It is recognition of a young person’s successful journey of self-discovery and development, renowned by employers and universities alike for the qualities young people have who’ve achieved a DofE Award.
Its balanced programme develops the whole person – mind, body and soul. The DofE scheme is designed to offer opportunities to develop independence and teamwork. It is also recognised by potential employers and prospective businesses and companies as a good indicator of all-round personal development. In addition to this, the scheme intends to foster and encourage the principles of self-reliance, commitment, resilience and patience in participants, all while providing the opportunity to experience adventure through the expedition section.
There are three progressive levels of DofE programmes which, when successfully completed, lead to a Bronze (for our year 10), Silver (for our year 11) or Gold (for our Sixth Form over years 12 & 13) Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
In keeping with the scheme’s aim for independence and self-reliance, pupils decide for themselves what they will do for each section. This means they gain recognition and reward for extra-curricular activities they may already be doing either at Bewdley or outside of school. Pupils plan, train for, and complete an expedition together in teams of seven. Participants also complete a practice expedition for each Award so that they are both prepared and trained ready to independently complete their qualifying expedition.
In recent years, expedition locations have been as diverse as walking in the Elan Valley, Snowdonia and more locally The Long Mynd, Clee Hills and The Wyre Forest.