St Peter's 13-18
Above: Third Form Expedition.
Working towards a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award can be a life-changing experience. Pupils discover new interests and talents, have fun with friends and develop essential skills for life and work. The DofE award is a recognised mark of achievement and respected by employers.
Pupils at St Peter’s can embark on a DofE programme at one of three progressive levels which, when successfully completed, leads to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
There are four sections to complete at Bronze and Silver level and five at Gold. They involve helping the community and environment, becoming fitter, developing new skills, planning, training for and completing an expedition. To be awarded the Gold DofE, pupils are required to work with a team on a residential activity.
Given the range of activities on offer at St Peter’s 13-18, it is possible to do many features of the DofE award in school. However, pupils are encouraged to look to their local community to complete the sections of their award, particularly where volunteering opportunities are available.
The expedition is the highlight of the award for many pupils. At Bronze level, Practice and Qualifying expeditions take place in the local area of the Hambleton Hills. For Silver and Gold expeditions, pupils venture out to the Yorkshire Dales, North Pennines and the North Yorkshire Moors.
Training takes place once a week. A recognised First Aid qualification is included in the expedition training, led by qualified instructors from Adventure Training North East.
The Bronze Award is open to all pupils in the Third Form, and is generally completed over the course of one academic year. The Silver Award is open to all pupils in the Fourth Form, to work on over the course of two academic years, with the potential to complete the award before GCSE’s. The Gold Award is offered to those in the Sixth Form, and for most pupils it will be a focus for them over two academic years.
More information can be found on the Duke of Edinburgh website.