Duke of Edinburgh
Within the Sixth Form there will usually be around 100 students engaged in the Duke of Edinburgh Awards; some completing their Silver Award, and others already making progress on their Gold Awards.
The Duke of Edinburgh programme is hugely valued at King Edward’s, and plays a big part in the Co-curricular programme. We actively encourage pupils to engage with the scheme, to stretch and challenge themselves in ways that help them develop personal qualities that will serve them so well in adult life.
School clubs and societies help participants achieve their Volunteering, Physical and Skills sections and we have a well-stocked, and free to loan equipment store, to support students. This means that with your own boots and clothing, we can equip you with the best quality outdoor gear, so that you are ready to get out there and achieve!
We have a full time Duke of Edinburgh Manager to facilitate students’ progress, and the school’s Rural Study Centre at Lovaton is often a support base for Silver expeditions on Dartmoor. Our Gold expeditions will venture further afield to the mountains and hills of Wales and the Lake District, all staffed in-house by our qualified and dedicated staff.
If you are coming to King Edward’s already armed with a Silver Award, you can enrol straight away onto the Gold programme (we do not place a ceiling on numbers), otherwise the Silver award is easily within your grasp during your Lower Sixth Year.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is a pathway to leadership, teamwork, communication, independence, growth, confidence and achievement. It is also highly valued by Universities and Employers.