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In September 2015 Critchill School began running The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme with five Post 16 students.  The five students who took part during the last academic year successfully completed their Bronze level.  The Duke of Edinburgh award scheme is open to all 14-25 year olds, regardless of ability or disability, which leads to certification at bronze, silver or gold level.

All participants have to complete 4 challenges that are individually set to be realistic and achievable for each individual. Completion of the award shows commitment, perseverance and determination. The awards are highly regarded by employers and colleges.

The Challenges

  • Skill-developing a skill in a non-physical past time
  • Physical – develop abilities in a physical activity, including most sports, personal fitness and dance
  • Volunteering – Giving of your time freely to a non-profit organisation or activity
  • Expedition – Completing a 2 day (bronze) or 3 day (silver) expedition. This involves walking a planned route using a map during the day, camping overnight, helping to prepare evening meals and looking after themselves. The students will work in teams of four to seven.