‘Students really enjoy their work to gain The Duke of Edinburgh Awards and describe many of their challenges as ‘amazing’, ‘exciting’ and ‘challenging’. One student told the inspectors that ‘I never thought I would be able to do things like this’, and another commented, ‘the school really encourages and supports us’.’ Ofsted December 2013
The scheme is run by Mr and Mrs Bunn in conjunction with D. of E. advisors. This is a popular activity because it is recognised internationally as a valuable scheme to have participated in. It is both challenging and demanding as it is often the first time our students are asked to do so much for themselves. They need to use their own initiative and develop skills such as team work and problem solving. There are 3 different stages – Bronze, Silver and Gold, the starting age for Bronze being 14 years.
The award consists of 4 different sections – expedition, service, skills and recreation. The expedition speaks for itself, in that it is a camping trip incorporating knowledge of map work, camp craft etc. Last year the majority of girls learnt to canoe and then paddled from one location to another for their expedition. The service section incorporates offering voluntary assistance in the community. The skill section offers a wide variety of interests from Art and Design to Zoology. Finally the physical recreation section enables the girls to choose and improve in a physical activity of their choice.
For further information on the scheme please click here to read our brochure: DofE
Chloe Turnbull, Surrey D of E Ambassador, ex student and member of staff , gave a speech to VIPs at Wentworth Golf Club. Click the link here to listen to it.