Abbeywood Community School



Visit the Duke of Edinburgh's Award website for more information.

Abbeywood Community School is offering the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Bronze Award to Year 9 students and the Silver Award to Year 10 students.  Gold is offered to all students who are part of the Olympus Trust Sixth Form in all our centres.

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
  • Enjoyment 

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.

Letters & Information

Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award - letter to Post 16 students - 6th October 2023

Silver Award - initial sign up letter for Year 10 - 3rd October 2023

Bronze Award - initial sign up letter for Year 8 - 22nd May 2023

Bronze Overview & Kit List

Silver Overview & Kit List 

Parent information booklet

Expedition Menu planning top tips 

Winter Training Tips

If you would like further information on the Duke of Edinburgh Award please visit their website