Duke of Edinburgh
The Duke of Edinburgh award is offered to ALL sixth form students. The award comprises of four sections:-
Where pupils undertake a number of physical activities in order to develop and improve their fitness.
Where pupils carry out a number of activities within the school and out in the community on a voluntary basis. The school has built up an excellent relationship with a local residential care home and the visits from our pupils are eagerly awaited by the residents where they have chats and carry out variety of tasks to help out at home. Pupils have also been visiting the Barnardo’s family centre in Ely and helped with organising the rooms and displays at the centre together with preparing food for youth club.
In this section pupils have been developing their first aid skills and following the St Johns Ambulance scheme, where they will have the opportunity to attempt a qualification in first aid. As pupils undertake a number of skills throughout the school curriculum (e.g. cookery, gardening, bike maintenance) these can also contribute towards the award.
This section tends to be the most challenging for pupils as they are required to stay away from home and carry out walking activities, map reading, cooking, camping and being as independent as possible. Expeditions to date have taken place in Cardiff Bay, Vale of Glamorgan Coastal Paths and Brecon Beacons. Pupils have camped under canvas and cooked their meals on tangies whilst others have stayed at Story Arms.
The whole award is tailor made to the pupils and their needs. All pupils will be challenged to a level appropriate to them. Currently we have pupils working at both Bronze and Silver levels and all of their progress and evidence is recorded on their own DofE account.
Pupils find this award both very challenging and fulfilling as they are often taken out of their comfort zone with support and guidance throughout the award.