At Greenfields our students can take part in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. It is a fantastic programme which enhances many qualities and skills in students.
The Duke of Edinburgh Award is founded by the Duke himself almost 60 years ago. It was designed to encourage anyone aged 14 to 24 to take on a range of activities that develop skills such as leadership, perseverance, teamwork and communication. There are three different levels – bronze, silver and gold – and five sections including volunteering, physical, skills, expedition and residential.
Our students find themselves helping people or the community, getting fitter, developing their skills, going on an expedition and taking part in a residential activity (Gold only). From the first day to the last it’s a real adventure. Every section gives something different – that’s the fun of it!
The main difference between the levels are the minimum length of time they take to complete, how challenging they are and the minimum age for starting.
Beyond academic achievements, universities want to see evidence of so-called ‘soft skills’ that a student has developed through extracurricular activities, such as communication, commitment, leadership and teamwork. The DofE Award is a fantastic way to demonstrate and evidence these skills in practice.
Achieving an Award will give each student skills, confidence and a view on life that everyone is looking for, from employers to colleges and universities.