From September 2018 Abbeywood Community School will be offering the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award to Year 9 students.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is a voluntary, non-competitive programme of practical, cultural and adventurous activities, designed to support the personal and social development of young people. It offers an individual challenge and encourages young people to undertake exciting, constructive, challenging and enjoyable things in their free time.
The Award is widely recognised by educationalists and employers. Some of the benefits to young people include developing or discovering:
- A sense of achievement
- New skills and interests
- Self-confidence and self-reliance
- Leadership skills and abilities
- Exciting opportunities
- Experience of teamwork and decision making
There are four sections to the Award. Participants should complete a minimum of 15 hours over 3 months on each of the skills, volunteering/service and physical recreation sections, with an additional 15 hours over 3 months to be spent on one of the sections. Students will be expected to make their own arrangements for these sections although this could involve participation in an existing club either at school or elsewhere. In every case, an appropriate trained adult will be expected to act as a supervisor and complete a brief assessment of the participation in the activity. The fourth section is the expedition. This is a two day walking and camping journey which is arranged by the School. Full training will be given by members of staff who have experience leading expeditions in the UK and who hold nationally recognised qualifications.
We operate a selection process for the Bronze Award. There will be 40 places available to upcoming Year 9 students (current year 8). By reducing our numbers we will be able to better support students in fully completing their Bronze Award. Enrolment will be on a first come first serve basis.