DUKE OF EDINBURGH’S AWARD
The Phoenix Private School is offering supported participation in the Duke of Edinburgh (D of E) award scheme at bronze level. It is a major part of life for pupils in year 9 and above. It encourages such qualities as perseverance; initiative and leadership and we pride ourselves in having a friendly and productive environment where our students thrive.
The award consists of four sections, volunteering, skills, physical recreation and expedition.
The Duke of Edinburgh Award has been a British institution for over 65 years now and during that time has become a highly sought after Award which is widely recognised by British employers and Universities alike. The reason why both employers and Universities have such high regard for the Award are the skills it instils in young people and the level of commitment it demands.
The Bronze level of the Award is the traditional point of entry into the scheme, and many people become involved at this point. Students need to complete four sections; Volunteering, Physical, Skills and an Expedition.
The Silver level of the Award is a natural continuation from Bronze, but students may also start their journey into the scheme here as Direct Entrants. People generally start Silver in year 10 or above. Once again, students need to complete four sections; Volunteering, Physical, Skills and an Expedition. The requirements for each section are slightly more demanding than for Bronze
The Gold level of the Award is the culmination of the previous two levels, but students may also start their journey into the scheme here as Direct Entrants. You have to be aged 16 or over in order to register for Gold. The usual sections need to be completed; Volunteering, Physical, Skills and an Expedition, but students also need to do a 5 day Residential course. The requirements for each section are slightly more demanding than for Silver.
Key benefits of the award
The skills students develop while undertaking the Award are:
- Broadening their educational experience through a range of valuable and challenging situations.
- A sense of identity
- Independence of thought and action
- A sense of responsibility
- An awareness of their potential
- New talents and responsibilities
The only person they compete against is themselves, by challenging their own beliefs about what they can achieve.
The Award achieves this by providing a balanced, non-competitive programme which is voluntary and available to all.
For more information about the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme please contact Reception.