Duke of Edinburgh
To achieve each award participants must complete a programme of activities in four or five sections; volunteering, skills, physical, expedition and, for Gold only, residential.
With the help of Leaders, participants select their own programme of activities and set themselves objectives. It’s not a competition or about being first. It’s all about self-development.
Its balanced programme develops the whole person – mind, body and soul, in an environment of social interaction and team work.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award at Sandbach High School & Sixth Form College
Students in Years 9 & 10 are able to take part in the bronze award while students in Years 12 & 13 can take part in the Gold award. Silver is not currently completed in school. The Award is supported and run by members of staff and friends of the School. They help organise and lead the training and assessed expeditions which take place in the Peak District and Snowdonia over weekends in the spring and the summer terms.
We are happy to offer advice on the purchase of speciality outdoor equipment. A full kit list will be issued to each student. Participants will be given a discount card that can be used at several outdoor retailers. We will provide provide participants with tents, stoves, rucksacks, coloured maps and compasses for the duration of their expedition. We also can provide and additional camping equipment on request.
We offer the Bronze Award to students in Year 9, and they complete their expedition in Year 10.
At the beginning of Year 12 we invite students to enrol directly onto The Gold Award. No previous involvement in the Award is necessary.
Students receive a badge and certificate upon completion of the Bronze award which is presented in a school assembly.
On completion of the Gold Award participants and a guest are invited to attend a formal presentation (by a member of the royal family) and mingle with celebrity supporters at St James Palace or Holyrood Palace.
To find out more about the Award Scheme visit – http://www.dofe.org
Or contact The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Coordinator
Mr Hilton via email: PHilton@Sandhigh.cheshire.sch.uk