The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme is a nationally recognised qualification with 3 levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold. For each level you must take part in a physical activity, learn a new skill and volunteer your time to a good cause each week. On top of this students take part in two weekends of hiking and camping during the year.
The Hodgson Duke of Edinburgh programme is now in its 11th year and has been extended to more participants than ever before. Every year 9 student has the opportunity to join the Bronze level and this year sees 24 students stepping up to Silver. 6 students have completed their Gold award and received invitations to Buckingham Palace to receive their certificates and badges.
Every year has seen the programme expand and grow from the original 14 participants who joined at Bronze level back in 2009 to the over 90 participants who have joined this year. The programme offers students the opportunity to develop leadership and teamwork skills as they complete a skill, physical and voluntary activity as well as completing a demanding camping and walking expedition. We are very proud of what our students have been able to achieve in the past and wish our current participants well as they continue with their programme and training this year.
Like its founder, we too believe ‘there is more to you than you think’ and we hope that taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh programme will help young people to be more compassionate, determined and open to new opportunities.