Duke of Edinburgh Award
At Long Stratton High School we offer the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze and Silver Awards, with the journey starting with the Bronze Award in year 9. We believe that the Duke of Edinburgh Award can make a huge difference to your development and achieving an Award will give you skills, confidence, and an edge over others when you apply for college, university, or a job. Beyond your academic achievements, universities want to see evidence of so called ‘soft skills’ that you have developed through extra-curricular activities, such as self-discipline, communication, commitment, leadership and teamwork. Your DofE Award is a fantastic way to demonstrate and evidence these skills in practice.
It is a non-academic qualification that compliments academic studies in school and is open to individuals of all abilities. The DofE program runs outside of the school taught curriculum and is entirely voluntary, therefore participants need to be sure that they have adequate spare time and dedication to complete the program alongside their academic studies.
Pupils create their individual DofE program based around the volunteering, skills and physical sections and they will be involved in them for the length of time required to complete each section. The expected weekly commitment is for 1 hour per week and participants are required to keep a log of each session they attend.
Each Award will undertake a minimum of one training day, one practice expedition and one assessment expedition, all of which are arranged outside of school time and attendance to these are compulsory in order to complete the Award.