Bishop Rawstorne Church of England Academy

Duke of Edinburgh Award

Duke of Edinburgh Award

Bishop Rawstorne C of E Academy is proud to deliver the Duke of Edinburgh Award to Year 10 and Year 11 students.

At the start of Year 10, our students are offered the opportunity to embark on the Bronze Award. Where they will undertake a personal 12-month programme of activities which are split into four sections:

  • Volunteering
  • Physical
  • Skills
  • Expedition

Upon completion, for each of the above sections students must obtain an assessor report. This will then need to be uploaded to eDofE - https://www.edofe.org

Throughout this award, students will find themselves helping individuals or the community, improving their personal fitness, developing skills such as problem solving and independence.

The Duke of Edinburgh programme requires determination, commitment and tenacity. The award gives students the opportunity to learn so much about themselves as well as others with whom they work with. As such, our students will develop teamwork skills, improve their self-motivation and leadership skills. This award also supports the opportunity for students to reflect on our Christian values; thankfulness, humility, endurance, service, compassion, trust and friendship.

One of the most anticipated activities for the Duke of Edinburgh Award is the expedition. This combines navigation and camp craft skills. Students must complete a practice expedition and then an assessed expedition, both of which are completed locally within the North West of England. During the expedition students will be self-sufficient. This means that students will need to carry enough food and water for the walk, spare clothing, sleeping bag, tent as well as anything else they feel is necessary.

Whilst on the assessed expedition, students must work towards a pre-defined aim. This aim is chosen by each team and can include, investigating the history of the local area, surrounding environment, team building, physical health, etc. Evidence of the investigation will be presented by each team to the Duke of Edinburgh staff as well as a member of the senior leadership team.

 

Below is an example of an expedition presentation:

For those students who successfully complete the Bronze Award they are invited to complete the Silver award in Year 11. We recognise that Year 11 is an important year for our students and as such we run the practice expedition in October and then the assessed expedition once the exam season has finished.

Please see the 2017-18 expedition dates for both Bronze and Silver award below:

Award

Type of Expedition

Date

Silver

Practice

19th October – 22 October

Bronze (Group A)

Practice

13th April – 14th April

Bronze (Group B)

Practice

20th April – 21st April

Bronze (Group A)

Assessed

13th May – 14th May

Bronze (Group B)

Assessed

20th May – 21st May

Silver

Assessed

24th June – 26th June

 

For further information about the Duke of Edinburgh Award please visit - https://www.dofe.org or speak to one of the DofE Leaders at school.