Duke of Edinburgh Award

Update for 2022/23 :

Kingsley Academy is delighted to announce that we will be offering the gold award scheme from September 2022, which allows all our current silver award holders to participate.

Duke of Edinburgh Coordinator

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me :

Ms McCarron

Email: smccarron@kingsleyacademy.org

What is the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme?

The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme is a programme of activities that can be undertaken by anyone aged from 14 to 25, regardless of personal ability.

The Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award consists of four sections: Expedition, Sport, Skill and Service. Each participant must complete each section in order to gain their Bronze Award.

It is a chance for young people to have fun, be outdoors and complete new challenges that will boost their confidence.

Activities include camping overnight, map reading, route planning, cooking outdoors and teamwork rather than competition.

Why participate in Duke of Edinburgh Award?

The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme is a real adventure. Every section gives you something different - you will develop new skills, make new friends and complete new challenges.

Achieving an Award will give you skills, confidence and a view on life that everyone is looking for, from employers to colleges and universities. It proves that you are able to commit to tasks, are good at teamwork and are up for a challenge.

In addition, you will get recognised for doing things you want to do (and may even be doing already).

Plus you will make a difference to other people’s lives and your community, be fitter and healthier, make new friends and have memories to last you a lifetime.

Above all, you will enjoy it!

In 2019 (prior to Covid) was a huge achievement for the Duke of Edinburgh Award at Kingsley Academy. We saw 54 young people successfully complete one of the levels of award, inclusive of 3 students who have completed their Gold Award and are awaiting their invitation from St. James’ Palace to receive their award from Prince Edward.

We also saw 12 of our Kingsley Academy sixth form students complete their expedition section of their Gold Award. These students hiked through the Dartmoor National Park, enduring extreme winds, fog and dense rain showers. Not only did these students show immense determination to complete their expedition, but amazing teamwork and a collectiveness. Alongside this, these students have been contributing back to their local community by volunteering at The Mulberry Centre, within West Middlesex Hospital. Our students have been a companion for those patients who are receiving lengthy treatments and running coffee mornings to raise valuable funds for the centre.

Each participant needed to complete a volunteering, physical and skills section along with their expedition to attain their awards. All of our wonderful DofE participants were involved in fundraisers, which allowed for new equipment to be purchased to make the expeditions as highly successful as they were. A particular favourite fundraiser was the bake sale, for both staff and students!

Our Bronze expedition was undertaken in the South Downs, just a few miles down the road from Brighton. The students remained upbeat and enthusiastic throughout the expedition, displaying their strong navigational skills and excellent camp craft. The Bronze expedition is two days and one night of camping, with six hours of walking each day.

Our Silver expedition was also in the South Downs, but near to a little village called Forest Row. The Silver expedition is a three-day, two nights expedition, with the participants hiking for around seven hours each day. Once the students are back to camp, they then need to prepare and cook their own dinners – usually supernoodles!

All students successfully passed their residential part of their award after learning how to use and read maps and how to use a compass, planning their own routes and arranging to meet supervising staff at various checkpoints. They will all receive their awards in November and many of them are now going to complete the Silver or Gold award.

What the students had to say about their Duke of Edinburgh experience:

Matilda "I didn't think I could do it, and almost gave up on my training expedition. Completing bronze was a massive sense of accomplishment and I am now doing silver."

Jack "It took me out of my comfort zone, I have never done anything like the DofE before, I am so glad I did."

Neeman "It was challenging and reading the maps was difficult at first, but when we finished it felt amazing."

Ariana "We learnt loads of skills during our training and throughout the expedition. It was worth all of the hard work and I can't wait to do silver"

Nathan "the packs were heavy and we had to do everything ourselves, without help. I learnt how to cook in a trangia, it was hard but I enjoyed every minute"

Melfin "I lost my shoe in the swamp, but my team helped me and Dondup gave me his spare. I completed the second day in shoes three sizes too big but I made it! "

Ula "I had already completed bronze so knew what to expect. The hills were really difficult and it was so hot, but the landscape was beautiful and made it all worthwhile"