Duke of Edinburgh Awards

The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme is the world’s leading achievement award for young people, and is highly regarded by universities, colleges and employers. It encourages young people to develop independence, commitment, leadership and teamwork through being involved in a personalised programme of activities.

The Bronze Award

At Bronze level the award is split into four sections; volunteering, physical, skill and expedition and it takes approximately six months to complete all the required various activities. Three of the sections need to be completed in your own time; these are the volunteering, physical and skill sections of the award (each of these requires a three month commitment, plus an additional three months in any one section).

An important element of the award is the expedition. This involves two camping and walking expeditions; one will be a training expedition in Danbury and a qualifying expedition to Roxwell. The cost of the registration, transport, cover, camping fees and insurance means the cost of the award will be approximately £160.00. If you are chosen on the strength of your application, you will be informed and a place will be secured after a £50.00 non-refundable deposit is paid.

The award is designed to challenge you to become more independent and develop a range of skills which are valued by employers. You will participate in one training lesson a week working towards achieving each section of the course. Training will be given on first aid, navigation, leadership and camp craft.

Due to limitations on trained staffing ratios and kit limitations, the Bronze Award is limited to thirty students. To apply, please complete the application form with a letter of application, outlining your suitability for the award and your plans to complete each section of the award. The deadline for applicants is 3.00pm on Tuesday 9 July 2019. Further information on the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme can be found at http://www.dofe.org/.

Should you require any additional information, please contact Mr Dolby at the academy by e-mail: adolby@greenswardacademy.org.

27 - 29 June 2019

After a year of training and preparation, Greensward students spent last weekend in the glorious countryside of the South Downs completing their Duke of Edinburgh assessed expeditions. With Year 10 Bronze students expected to walk for two days whilst being totally self-sufficient and those in Year 12 completing a three day Silver trek, it was a demanding programme, made all the more challenging by the high temperatures and often difficult terrain.

It was credit not only to their map reading and navigational skills, but also their levels of resilience and team work which meant that all students successfully completed the weekend, with the assessors commenting on their positive attitude and sense of adventure. Speaking after signing off the last students, they said that "...carrying sufficient food, clothes and shelter with them for three days across unfamiliar countryside is demanding, but it is fantastic to see the way the students worked together and supported each other".

Applications will open in September for new recruits to the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme; it is one of the most widely recognised and respected programmes in the country and will ensure that those who complete it stand out from the crowd!