The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DOE) provides a balanced programme of activities for participants aged between 14-24, giving young people the opportunity to develop skills for life and work through team working and social interaction.
There are three levels to the Duke of Edinburgh scheme – Bronze, Silver and Gold. Once every aspect of a level is completed you obtain your award and can choose to go onto the next level of the scheme. Here at Our Lady’s we have been running the DOE successfully for five years. All groups are entered at Bronze level and two years ago we also added the opportunity for our students to progress to Silver level – all students who have embarked on the scheme have successfully achieved their awards.
This prestigious award is recognised across the whole country. The award develops students’ skills and attitudes shaping them into well-rounded, confident adults and helps them develop important life skills such as leadership, teamwork, self-confidence, responsibility, problem solving and communication. Participating in the Duke of Edinburgh scheme enables our students to embark on incredible adventures, taking part in a range of activities and going on expeditions – all culminating in an award recognised by colleges, universities and employers alike.
Memories to last a lifetime
To date, 100 Our Lady’s students have walked, climbed and camped out in the hills of the beautiful countryside in the Lake District. The weather has not always been kind, but they have always demonstrated great determination and resilience as they battled with the elements on the high moors of Coniston and Langdale.
Alongside the expedition pupils have dedicated their time to develop their leadership skills, volunteering their time to support and help others inside and outside the Our Lady’s community as well as developing new skills, academically and practically to enhance personal growth. These are all requirements of the award scheme and help to shape our students into caring, compassionate individuals in keeping with the ethos of our school.
We are hoping to continue this success with a new cohort of pupils starting the Bronze DOE journey this year. Places will be offered to the current year 9 and 10 students and upon successful completion of their Bronze award they will then have the opportunity to complete the silver award in 2017. Students who successfully achieve their Silver award can choose to go for their Gold level award once they leave Our Lady’s. Information regarding DOE will be available in upcoming assemblies and letters home. In the meantime, if you want to find out more, please come and speak to me. The website will be updated as and when new information becomes available.