The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme is a popular and much enjoyed activity allowing participants to experience new activities, often outside of their usual comfort zone.
At PGS the pupils are offered the Bronze Award in Year 10 and the Silver Award in Year 11, with training and assessed expeditions in the New Forest, the South Downs, the Isle of Wight and the Jurassic Coast, Dorset. For the Bronze and Silver Awards the pupils complete a personal programme of activities in four sections– Volunteering, Physical, Skills and the Expedition.
Past examples of activities taken on by PGS students as part of the Award range from dog agility to park runs and from conservation to lifeguarding. Remarkably, our pupils undertake more than 8,000 hours of volunteering between them per year.
An increasing number of pupils choose to continue their DofE journey by doing their Gold Award in the Sixth Form; taking part in challenging expeditions in the Peak District, helping the community and going on residential trips both locally and overseas.
More than 200 students participate across the three levels of the programme each year at PGS and during a survey carried out in October 2017, which saw overwhelmingly positive feedback, our students said:
“DofE offers an opportunity to explore new things, and to push yourself out of your comfort zone – both in the activities and the final expedition.”
“It has taught me to be more independent, and to be able to manage my own activities. The individual sections have also encouraged me to try new activities, and to explore new areas.”
“Originally I wasn’t going to do Bronze but I decided to do it to challenge myself. I am overjoyed that I have completed my bronze but I would like to leave it at that!”
For more information about the Award, please visit the DofE website: https://www.dofe.org/do-your-dofe/