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Duke of Edinburgh Award

Students taking part in Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme

Students at Eckington school, a specialist engineering college, are currently signed up to do either Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards with the Outdoor Education team who help and support them through the award and also run the Expedition Section. The Award is organized by Mr Needham (Co-ordinator), Mr Rowbotham and Mrs Raybould.

The Duke of Edinburgh Award is a popular and rewarding program for young people. Students are required to complete four sections to gain either a Bronze or Silver Level. The Sections are:

  • Physical (they must do a Physical Activity) play in a football team
  • Skill (they must learn a Skill) playing a musical instrument
  • Volunteering (they must do something that helps others in their own time for no financial reward) sports leadership

These activities must be sustained over a period of 3 or 6 months

  • Expedition they must complete, as part of a group of between 4 and 7 students a self sufficient walk lasting up to 3 night and 4 days dependant upon their level

In addition gold students must complete a 5 day residential activity

Click for full details of other activities that students can participate in.

The Award team run a Monday after-school club for all Bronze and direct Silver (6th form) DofE students where they are taught all the essential skills for their expedition such as cooking on camping stoves, navigation, how to put up a tent and where they attain a first basic aid qualification. Attendance at these sessions is obligatory for students wanting to go on their expedition with us.

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Last updated: Thursday, October 10, 2013Print the Eckington School Outdoor Education page

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