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St Helen and St Katharine, Faringdon Road, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX14 1BE

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Duke of Edinburgh's Award

The world’s leading youth achievement award is a fun adventure and major challenge at three progressive levels - Bronze, Silver and Gold - for anyone aged 14 to 24. At St Helen and St Katharine, students can enrol for the Bronze award in Year 9, Silver Award in Year 10 and the Gold Award from their 16th birthday.

Each level comprises four sections (five at Gold) that allow the participant to undertake a variety of activities in an environment of social interaction and team working. The possibilities are endless and all provide an opportunity for growth by pushing personal boundaries.

St Helen's is proud to have a high participation and completion rate at all three levels. Through the award, our students gain new skills and enhance their CV and university application.

The extensive range of extracurricular activities offered at St Helen's can be found in our Beyond booklet. Many of these count towards the award.

However, activities outside school could also count towards the different sections. It is important to choose activities that will motivate the young person along their own personal journey. Please click here for more programme ideas.

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Bronze

Timescales

Each of the Physical, Skills and Volunteering sections must be undertaken for one hour a week, with two of these sections to be completed over three months and one over six months. Enrolment in the award is voluntary and we encourage anyone considering taking part to take into account the commitment required before doing so. Our aim is that all participants from St Helen’s should complete the award they sign up for: this does entail a certain amount of stamina and in some cases determination, but it is worth the effort in the long run.

Completion of these sections will be the responsibility of the students taking part. Please browse our Beyond booklet and the DofE programme ideas to help you choose your activity. These lists are a good source of inspiration but they are not restrictive; if you have any questions, Mrs Wilson is in the DofE office during opening hours to provide guidance and support. You can also email Mrs Wilson (gwilson@shsk.org.uk). However, we would like to remind you that, as this is an extracurricular activity, we expect students as well as parents /carers to ensure that the different sections are completed and they are done so on time, with a view to completing by the end of academic year. 


Silver

Timescales

The Physical, Skills and Volunteering sections must be undertaken once a week, with two of these sections to be completed over six months, and one over three months.

If your daughter is a direct entrant to the award she will be required to do one section for 12 months, another for six months and the remaining one for three months. Please browse our Beyond booklet and the DofE programme ideas to help you choose your activity. These lists are a good source of inspiration but they are not restrictive; if you have any questions, Mrs Wilson is in the DofE office during opening hours to provide guidance and support. You can also email Mrs Wilson (gwilson@shsk.org.uk). However, we would like to remind you that as this is an extracurricular activity we expect students as well as parents/carers to ensure that the different sections are completed and they are done so on time, with a view to completing by the end of academic year, and September 2020 if they are a direct entrant or did not complete Bronze.


Gold

Timescales

For students who would like to participate in the DofE Gold Award, enrolment can be activated from their 16th birthday.

The sections must be undertaken once a week and the participants must spend 12 months on the Volunteering section. For the Physical and Skills section, they must spend 12 months on one and six months on the other. If your daughter is a direct entrant she will be required to do one section for 18 months, another for 12 months and the remaining one for six months.

There is an additional section at Gold level that requires the participants to undertake a residential trip of at least five days and four nights, separately from the expedition and not in a team of well-known friends.

Please browse our Beyond booklet and the DofE programme ideas to help you choose your activity. These lists are a good source of inspiration but they are not restrictive; if you have any questions, Mrs Wilson is in the DofE office during opening hours to provide guidance and support. You can also email Mrs Wilson (gwilson@shsk.org.uk).

At Gold level participants are expected to choose and organise their expedition and residential sections independently. Please click here for a list of DofE Approved Activity Providers.

We would like to remind you that as this is an extracurricular activity we expect students as well as parents/carers to ensure that the different sections are completed and that they are done so on time. Please ensure that your daughter is committed to completing all five parts of the award, with a view to completing by the end of Sixth Form.