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The Duke of Edinburgh Award

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In September 2018, 130 Year 9s, 130 Year 10s, 75 Year 11s and 35 Year 12s will be working towards their various levels of the Award. These are our highest ever numbers!

It offers young people the opportunity to challenge themselves, acquire new skills, experience adventure and work with others. Universities and employers all recognise values such as commitment, time management and resilience and these are qualities that the Award instils in participants.

In 2016 Wilson’s became a directly licensed provider of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and each year a significant number of boys go on 2-day Bronze expeditions in Year 10, 3-day Silver expeditions in Year 11 and 4-day Gold expeditions in Year 12. A number of Wilson’s boys have had the honour of having their hard work recognised by a member of the royal family as all Gold Awards are presented at ceremonies at one of the royal palaces.

From September 2018, Year 9 boys are, for the first time, being offered the opportunity to commence their Bronze Award. They will still complete the expedition in Year 10, but this initiative will enable as many students as possible to complete their Awards.

In addition to the expeditions, at each level of the Award participants must complete a number of months of Volunteering, Physical activity and developing new or existing Skills. Gold participants must additionally complete a residential section. Students select their own programme of activities and, under guidance from the DofE Manager, set their own objectives. Since they are completing these sections in their own free time, outside of school, commitment and a desire to succeed are vital.

For further information about how the DofE Award will run at Wilson’s, as well as useful downloads and links, please see our DofE Award website.


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