The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme at Sydenham School
The Award is a challenging programme of activities that will help the young person to learn new skills, help others and experience adventure. It will provide the student with a great sense of achievement. In addition to this many organisations such as employers and universities take a good view of the Award and what it says about the person who has achieved it. What is the Award?
What does it involve?
There are three levels – bronze, silver, and gold. For each, you complete activities in four sections – volunteering, skills, physical and expeditions. At the Gold level, you also take part in a Residential Project. In each section there is a wide range of options that can be chosen from or the young person can find other similar activities that interest them. This can be something entirely new or you can continue with an activity that is already enjoyed. The award is about having a go. It’s not a competition – it just needs a bit of enterprise and perseverance.
Who is it for?
The Award is open to anyone between the age of 14 and 25 years. Special qualifications are not needed, just a willingness to have a go. At Sydenham students can complete the Bronze award in Year 9 and the Silver award in years 10 and 11. Next year we are hoping to enrol students onto the Gold award in year 12.
Students have until their 25th birthday to complete any of the awards, but it takes at least 6 months to achieve Bronze, at least 6 months at Silver, and at least 12 months at Gold. The minimum time requirements are expressed in months during which there should be regular commitment averaging at least an hour a week.
Participants who do not have the Silver Award must undertake a further 6 months in either the volunteering or the longer of the skills or physical sections.