Duke of Edinburgh
The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is a voluntary, non-competitive and flexible programme of cultural and adventurous activities for young people aged 14 – 25. It is immensely popular at Kingsley and we find that in gaining awards, girls learn by experience the importance of commitment, enterprise and effort. Each participant designs her own programme with the guidance of the Unit Leader. The programme enables participants to gain valuable experience, make friends, develop talents and have fun. The scheme is run by qualified staff and assessors who have extensive outdoor experience.
Recently our girls completed joint expeditions for the Gold Award in The Aigues Tortes National Park in Spain and on Dartmoor.
Meetings are held at lunch times where participants receive training, plan activities or use the school’s IT facilities to complete their D of E sections under the supervision of the Unit Leader. Parents are actively encouraged to participate in all sections of the award.
The Award is a four-section programme with three levels:
- Bronze (for those aged 14 and over) is started in year 10 and is completed by the end of the academic year
- Silver (for those aged 15 and over) is started in year 11 and is completed by the end of the academic year Direct entrants (those who have not already taken the Bronze Award) have a longer time to complete
- Gold (for those aged 16 and over) is started in year 12 and should be finished by the end of year 13
- Direct Gold is also available to participants. This does require a longer time to complete.
The sections involve:
- Volunteering (helping people in the community)
- Skills (covering almost any hobby, skill or interest)
- Physical (sport, dance and fitness)
- Expeditions (training for, planning and completing a journey on foot or horseback, by boat or cycle).This year the expeditions are as follows:
- The Bronze practice expedition is in Oxfordshire and the qualifying expedition is in the Forest of Dean
- The Silver practice expedition is in the Black Mountains and the qualifying expedition is in the Elan Valley area of central Wales
- The Gold practice expedition is in the Brecon Beacons with the qualifying expeditions on Dartmoor
- Residential Project (Gold Award only) (a purposeful enterprise with people not previously known to the participant)
Participants are expected to have their own equipment.