The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is a voluntary, non-competitive programme of leisure time activities for 14–25 year olds, designed to offer pupils a personal and individual challenge.
The Award was founded in 1956 and has been running at Alleyn's since 1977. The Award:
- introduces pupils to exciting, positive, challenging and enjoyable activities to take part in in their spare time;
- helps pupils make new friendships, working with adults who give up their time to share skills and help organise the programme;
- helps pupils learn new skills and experience adventure;
- is prestigious and valued by influential people, organisations and employers.
There are three levels of award – Bronze, Silver and Gold. We run the Bronze Award in Year 10, The Silver Award in Year 11 and the Gold Award in Years 12 and 13. Each one of these awards requires completion of an activity in four sections:
Volunteering – giving help in your local community
Skills – covering nearly every hobby, skill or interest
Expedition – training for and completing a journey on foot or horseback, by boat or cycle.
Physical – sport, dance or fitness
... and for the Gold Award only – a Residential – spending five or more days and four nights on a purposeful project with new companions.
The programme is very flexible and allows you to choose from a wide range of activities. You could start something new you've always wanted to do or work on an activity you already enjoy! It's not an exam – you can't fail. If at first you don't succeed, you know what they say – try again. It's not competitive – you just need some enterprise, perseverance and a lot of bottle.
Once you complete your Award you attend a presentation at St James' Palace to collect your certificate from His Royal Highness.
For more information, email Mr Richard Alldrick, Alleyn's Duke of Edinburgh's Award Manager.