At Homewood we run the bronze, silver and gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award from Year 9 – Year 13.
What is the award?
- A challenge
- Personal development
- For everyone
- Demonstrates commitment
- Recognition – accreditation
- ‘a way in’ and
What is involved?
There are four sections to the award for bronze and silver level and five for the gold award.
When can they start?
Bronze – 14 years
Silver – 15 years
Gold – 16 years
|Bronze||3 months||3 months||3 months||Plan, prepare for and undertake a 2 day/1 night venture|
|An additional 3 months must be undertaken in any one of these three sections|
|Silver||6 months||One section for 6 months, the other for 3 months||Plan, prepare for and undertake a 3 day/2 night venture|
|A direct entrant must undertake a further 6 months in either the service of the longer of the skills or physical recreation section|
|Gold||12 months||One section for 12 months and the other section for 6 months||Plan, prepare for and undertake a 4 day/3 night venture||Undertake a shared activity in a residential setting away from home for 5 days and 4 nights|
|Direct entrant must undertake a further 6 months in either the service or the longer of the skills or physical recreation section|
- The time requirements are expressed in months, based on an average of at least one hour per week
- Participants are able to choose which is their longest section – fair to all
All sections are completed by participants independently. They are encouraged to use the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award website to research ideas. Meetings are held after school once a week to monitor progress.
The Expedition section involves both training days/weekends and one expedition weekend. All planning, route preparation and training happens at a weekly meeting from Easter until October.