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What is the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award?

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is regarded very highly by further and higher education establishments; it demonstrates that you have a wide range of abilities and attributes and that you can adapt to a variety of different challenges.

Taking part builds confidence and develops self-esteem. The scheme requires persistence and commitment, and it has a lasting impact on the attitudes and outlook of all young people who do their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. Students learn new skills, help others, have fun, make new friends and gain a great sense of achievement. Employers, colleges and universities really value the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, and it is beneficial when applying to college or university after Gartree High School.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award


What does The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award entail?

At Gartree High School we offer The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award as an extra-curricular subject, starting in Year 9 for the Bronze level and going up to Silver level at GCSE. Students are involved in weekly sessions guided by qualified Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Leaders in which they can learn skills such as orienteering, first aid, camping and outdoor cooking. Additionally, students are supported with their Volunteering, Physical and Skill sections through weekly sessions in order to achieve the Award.

After registration, students are provided with necessary training and a framework to complete the Award, as well as a social to enhance team bonding – and extra goodies such as a hoodie.

In the summer term, students will embark on their expeditions in order to complete the Award.

Completion of Duke of Edinburgh Award
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