Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme

IMG_3128In Year 10, girls are given the opportunity to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme (Bronze level). The Award consists of 4 sections; physical, voluntary, skill and the expedition.

For the voluntary, skill and physical section, the girls spend at least one hour a week for either 3 or 6 months completing theses sections.

 

Activities that our girls have selected in the past for voluntary work include:

  • Helping out at their old primary schools
  • Volunteering at local nursing / care homes
  • Working in local charity shops
  • Supporting elderly people in their local communities
  • Supporting at junior sports clubs
  • Dog walking
  • Assisting at the Trussell Trust Food Bank depot

 

Activities that our girls have selected in the past for the skill section include:

  • Learning to cook
  • Learning a foreign language
  • Learning and then teaching others sign language
  • Learning to play a musical instrument
  • Gaining a first aid qualification
  • Conservation work
  • Learning a variety of different arts and crafts.

 

Activities that our girls have selected in the past for the physical section include learning or developing skills in:

  • A wide range of martial arts
  • NetbalL
  • Dance
  • Fitness
  • Football
  • Swimming
  • Trampolining
  • Tennis
  • Fencing

 

Our practice expedition takes place in Coombe Bissett and our final expedition takes place in the beautiful Valley of Pewsey. Girls spend after school sessions training for the expeditions; learning how to use a compass, map read and navigate, set up a tent, first aid and cooking on a camping stove.

We have an excellent partnership with Salisbury Open Award Centre and many of our girls move on to complete the Gold Award (a number of them received their Gold Award at Buckingham Palace in May 2016!).

Three years ago, St Edmund’s was asked to host a Royal visit and Award Ceremony and not only did our participants have the opportunity to chat to Prince Edward, but those who had developed their cookery skills as part of the Award also catered for the entire event.

We have an amazing participation level, with all places offered being taken every year and in the past 3 years, over 100 girls have taken the Bronze Award.