Student Zone » Duke of Edinburgh Information

From Year 9 onwards, students can enrol to join the Award and progress through the three levels; Bronze, Silver and Gold.

We have many pupils who join and train, in their own time, to participate to gain this 'extra' qualification. Pupils must fulfil the requirements of each of the four sections of the Scheme; Service, Skill, Physical Challenge and Expedition. The activities encourage cooperation, responsibility, self-reliance, personal achievement and perseverance embodied within a spiritual, personal and social development. St Wilfrid's is proud to say that at last years presentation ceremony we had more pupils receiving awards than in any other Blackburn school! As we have our own highly skilled, experienced and qualified leaders you can rest assured that participants are in safe hands.

The opportunity is for all and challenge is the essence of the concept. The Expedition programme exemplifies this with planning, preparing and completing a journey with a specifically outlined purpose.

Practice and Assessment journeys are generally undertaken in areas like Trough of Bowland and Derbyshire area for Bronze and Silver Awards. The more adventurous Gold Expeditions tend to take place in mountainous regions, like Snowdonia in Wales and the Ben Nevis region of Scotland. Five of our students successfully completed their Gold expedition this summer and will be meeting the Duke himself in spring to receive their awards. Prospective employers and Universities look favourably on this award as it shows a level of commitment. It is also a lot of fun!

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