The Duke of Edinburgh Award has been successfully run at the Academy in the past, with a new group completing the award this year. All students in Year 9 have the opportunity to complete the Bronze level of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme.
There are four sections to the award; expedition, physical, volunteering and skill. All students working towards the award must complete all four of these sections and provide evidence to verify successful completion of each phase.
Students complete training at the Academy in preparation for the expedition phase. Over several months students learn map skills so that they can plan and follow their own routes for the two expeditions. Students are also taught camp craft skills such as pitching a tent, cooking a meal on a tangier stove and efficient bag packing. Students will then undergo a two day practice expedition, where they will practice their map reading and camping skills. Students then return to the Academy for further training before completing an assessed expedition. During the assessed expedition students must complete two seven hour walks independently and demonstrate efficient camp craft skills. Each student is assessed by an external assessor.
Students have completed a variety of physical activities for the award ranging from badminton to horse riding. Skills demonstrated by students have included first aid, football refereeing and trumpet playing.
An important section of the award is the volunteering section. In this section students must volunteer their time for one hour a week for up to six months. Students have in the past volunteered at a nursing home, a children’s centre, coached rugby and helped younger students in the Academy library.
All students who successfully complete the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award will be presented with the award at Huddersfield Town Hall.