Duke of Edinburgh Award
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award programme is a real adventure from beginning to end. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you’re from. You just need to be aged between 14 and 24 and realise there’s more to life than sitting on a sofa watching life pass you by.
The Award is a Marathon not a Sprint, it is a real adventure. Every section gives you something different - that's the fun of it! You’ll enjoy loads of new experiences, discover talents you never thought you had, challenge yourself and meet loads of people just like you. Plus you’ll do things you love and get a kick out of. It’s a real buzz!
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award will give you skills, confidence and a view on life that everyone is looking for, from employers to colleges and universities. You get recognition for doing things you want to do (and may even be doing already). You’ll also 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. You can do programmes at two levels, Bronze or Silver, which lead to a Duke of Edinburgh's Award.
You achieve an Award by completing a personal programme of activities in four sections . These sections are:
You'll find yourself helping people or the community, getting fitter, developing skills, going on an expedition. You get to choose what you do!
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Duke of Edinburgh’s Bronze Award Day Hike 2018
On Sunday 25 March a group of Year 10 students undertook their day hike in preparation for their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh expedition. Students had an opportunity to put into practice their theoretical knowledge and use their navigation skills out in the wild. Five members of staff took part sharing their knowledge and skills and, occasionally, making sure everyone was going in the right direction. The students started their hike from Otford and followed the circular six miles long route; everyone made it safely and in good time. Despite taking the wrong turn on the few occasions the spirits were high and everyone had a good time.
Well done to: Ava, Ruby, Chantel, Assa-Noura, Esat, Ben, Aaron and John for going an extra mile (both literally and metaphorically).
Big thank you to the staff members: Ms Kazim, Ms Boulcher, Ms Lynch and Mr Catt.
Duke of Edinburgh’s Bronze Award Day Hike 2017
The qualifying expedition for the DofE Bronze award took place on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 July. There were 14 students as, sadly, two had dropped quite recently. We took a Year 11 student that was unable to come on the qualifying weekend in 2016. Members of staff were Ms. N. Kazim, Mr D. Cordell, Ms K. Kolodziej, Ms Y. Kazim, Ms E. Lynch and Mr P. Catt.
As with the practice expedition the weekend consisted of being dropped off at Kemsing, hiking to the campsite, erecting tents and cooking, sleeping the night, cooking in the morning, packing up tents and hiking to Shoreham.
We were blessed with perfect weather for the two days. I am very pleased to report that all students passed the weekend and will be getting their Bronze Award D of E certificates in September. The students have noticeably matured and developed as a result of this scheme.
I am also very pleased to announce that Ms Kolodziej has been appointed as DofE Lead Coordinator. She will start this role in September and it will be her responsibility to promote the DofE award scheme in the school and enrol Year 10 students onto the course for 2018.
Mr P. Catt - Acting Lead Coordinator
See our Duke of Edinburgh 2017 Gallery for more photos!
On the morning of Sunday 12 March 2017, three teams of enthusiastic students set off on their Duke of Edinburgh’s Bronze Award day hike. They had to complete a circular route of 6.2 miles, starting at Otford Village Car Park and climbing high onto the beautiful North Downs. Here, the teams paused for lunch to take in the spectacular views of the Kent countryside.
The teams demonstrated their health and safety knowledge, navigation skills, teamwork and a high level of fitness. The heavy rain held off until all three teams had finished their routes.
A huge thank you to all the students and supporting staff for an enjoyable and rewarding day!
Bronze qualifying expedition
Following a successful Practice Expedition weekend 21/22 May 2016 in Down, eight Y10 students completed and passed their Bronze Qualifying Expedition on the weekend of 9/10 July 2016.
They progressed through the beautiful countryside from Shoreham to Kemsing in Kent, with an overnight camp in West Kingsdown. The weather was kind to us, making the journey more tolerable. Their determination, perseverance, behaviour and attitude to safety was commendable.
Once they have completed their skills, volunteering and physical sections of the award, they will receive their Bronze Certificate and Badge.
A huge thank you to all the staff who supported the training and expeditions.
Congratulations to you all….we are so very proud of you!!
Our students took part in their Practice Expedition in May. This involved putting their expedition training to the test for their first overnight adventure in the North Downs area. Carrying full packs they navigated their routes with determination all the way to the finish. They survived and are now looking forward to the Qualifying Expedition in July.
Well done to all involved - both students and staff!
See our Duke of Edinburgh Gallery.
Congratulations to our ten Year 10 Duke of Edinburgh’s Bronze Award students who completed a successful day hike around Otford in Kent on Sunday 17 April.
After many training sessions held in school, this was an important part of their expedition training process, putting their fitness and navigation skills to the test as they climbed up some very steep hills onto the beautiful North Downs. We were blessed with glorious sunshine and blue skies providing us with some stunning scenery.
The students demonstrated a high regard for safety and respect for the countryside and members of the public. Their attitude and perseverance was impressive. The newly formed teams bonded well and they will now begin preparing for their Practice Expedition in May.
A huge thank you to both students and the accompanying staff who made the day so enjoyable - a great deal of fun was had by all with smiles all around!
See our Duke of Edinburgh Gallery. We will be adding more photos as we the students progress through the course, so keep checking back.