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They are highly supportive of the school and appreciate the opportunities it gives them to achieve at a high level in an extremely wide range of activities.

ISI 2013

DofE

In Year 10, pupils start their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh.

They independently arrange their 3-6 months Volunteering, Physical and Skill activities, although there are plenty of suggestions and placements we can arrange if they are not sure.

On Friday afternoon we focus predominantly on the preparation for the Expedition section. Some weeks are spent in the classroom preparing routes and learning new navigation skills, but many weeks we spend out walking and navigating for 2 hours.

The practice expedition is held in May at East Prawle and around Start Point. During activity week in June we spend a few days at Whiteworks with last preparations before going to Exmoor for the qualifying expedition.

Groups plan their own routes from scratch and most choose to go over Dunkery Beacon, the highest point on Exmoor! Every year there are some displays of enormous courage and determination and the Duke of Edinburgh is pivotal in developing students' confidence, perseverance and teamwork.


The Silver DofE Award is currently open to Year 11 pupils, either upon completion of their Bronze award in Year 10, or as a direct Silver participant.

The aim of the award is for participants to develop their personal skills in a wide range of areas and to emerge, upon completion, with an award which is valued by universities and employers alike.

The Silver DofE Award consists of four areas:

Physical Recreation, Voluntary Service, Skill and Expedition.

Training sessions tend to concentrate on the skills required to undertake the expedition section and pupils are encouraged to fulfil the other sections' requirements in imaginative ways in their own time.

Currently, at Silver level we offer walking, canoeing, biking and horse riding expeditions (if you have your own horse) in Dartmoor and along the South Oxfordshire canal. 

In the sixth form students move on to the Gold Award.

 

They are highly supportive of the school and appreciate the opportunities it gives them to achieve at a high level in an extremely wide range of activities.

ISI 2013
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