The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme helps young people to plan and undertake their own programmes of activity, to develop mentally, physically and emotionally.
The Rochester Grammar School provides the opportunity for Year 9 students to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Bronze Award, with the option in later years to completing the Silver and Gold Awards. As well as being a fun opportunity for students to build on skills, work as a team and help within the community, it is also highly regarded by higher education establishments and employers.
Students complete four sections (five for Gold): Volunteering, Physical, Skills, Expedition and for Gold, a Residential. The expedition involves planning, preparing for and undertaking a two-day hike in a group of between four and seven people. Expedition training runs regularly throughout the year covering important things such as map reading, camp craft and first aid.
Service to the community is an important part of the award package as students spend free time on service projects either around the school or in their own communities.
Additional information and resources are also available from the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award website .