The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) is a voluntary, non-competitive programme of activities for anyone aged 13-24.
Taking part in the DofE Award gives young people the opportunity to experience new activities or develop existing skills. There are three progressive levels of programmes which when successfully completed lead to a Bronze, Silver and Gold Award. Young people can create their own DofE programme by choosing a skills, volunteering and physical activity, going on an expedition and, for their Gold only, taking part in a residential activity.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is the world’s leading youth achievement award for young people. The DofE Award is highly valued both amongst education establishments and employers. In a recent study conducted with some of the largest UK employers representing 12% of UK employees, DofE was the number one activity looked for in potential employees.
Parkside School currently offer the Bronze Award for students in year 9 and the Gold Award for students starting in year 12.
The Silver Award will also be introduced next year to year 10 students who have completed their Bronze during the current academic year.
The expedition season runs from March to September and during this time there are training sessions after school on Monday and Thursday.
If your child is taking part in the Award they must attend one of these weekly sessions to gain the necessary skills to enable them to take part in their expedition. The practice expedition for Bronze and Silver is taking place between 16th - 17th July 2016 with the Qualifying Expedition provisional booked for 24th - 25th September.
For more information please contact Dr Evans.