Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme

IMG_3128In Year 10, students 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, students spend at least one hour a week for either 3 or 6 months completing theses sections.


Activities that our students 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 students 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 students 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. Students 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 students move on to complete the Gold Award (a number of them received their Gold Award at Buckingham Palace in May 2016!).

We were also honoured 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 students have taken the Bronze Award.

If you are interested in finding out more about the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award please visit their website www.dofe.org or contact our DofE Manager, Mrs E Wells ewells@wyvernsteds.org

Our SLT Link and DofE verifier is Mrs J Bellamy at jbellamy@wyvernsteds.org