At The High Arcal School we offer the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme to our pupils in Year 10 at Bronze level. Students are requested to write an application form at the end of year 9 in preparation to start the award at the beginning of Year 10. Approximately 25 students are able to take part in the award. Selection is based on the quality of the application form which highlights a number of personal attributes such as, attendance, commitment to school life and reliability.
About the award
The award consists of the following sections, all of which will need to be completed to ensure that you can pass the Bronze level of this prestigious award.
|Skill – 3 months
There are a variety of skills you can do, including podcasting, cooking, playing a musical instrument or website design. There is an endless list of skills you can develop and demonstrate.
|Expedition – 2 days
One day training walk
2 Day practice walk
2 Day expedition
|Physical section – 3 months
You should achieve a higher level of physical fitness through participation and improvement in physical activity.
|Volunteering – 3 months
This must be outside of the school day and can involve: charity work, fundraising, helping others (paired reading / homework club), etc.
|Plus a further 3 months on anyone of the skill, physical or volunteering section|
There is a financial cost to the award which is approximately £60 to be paid via Parent Pay. This cost covers registration fees, D of E log books, campsite fees, transport to and from expeditions and all training sessions. The cost does also assist with the purchase of spare equipment used by groups of students for expeditions, although it is recommended that you buy your own kit from the kit list provided.
There are also a variety of training sessions which take place both after school and at lunch times. All training sessions are compulsory, and failure to attend these sessions will result in removal from the award.
The Duke of Edinburgh Award is a fantastic scheme and something that we are very proud to offer here at High Arcal.