On Wednesday 25th April 2018, a presentation evening was held at Rochester Cathedral for those students from The Rochester Grammar School and Holcombe Grammar School who had completed their Duke of Edinburgh award in the past year. For most of the students it their first experience of a graduation ceremony with each student’s name being announced and then presented with their certificate by Professor Philippe De Wilde, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Kent.
A total of 116 students from The Rochester Grammar School and Holcombe Grammar School achieved their Bronze award over the past year. Working with the Medway Open Award Centre, a further 27 students from the Trust achieved their Silver award and 9 students achieved the prestigious Gold award. In order to obtain the Gold award not only do the students have to volunteer for an hour a week over the course of a year, take part in a physical activity, develop their chosen skill and participate in a 5 day residential course, they have to complete a 4 day wild camping expedition in Dartmoor, walking over 50 miles during the course of the expedition.
The DofE programme continues to grow in the Trust and we have already started the expeditions this year. Across the Trust we have a total of 189 Year 9 students enrolled for the Bronze award, 77 Year 10 students enrolled for the Silver award and 15 Year 11 and 12 students enrolled for the Gold award. The DofE scheme has been relaunched at The Portsmouth Academy with expeditions being run in the summer and the scheme will be relaunched at The Victory Academy in the very near future.
TSAT DofE manager