First introduced at Ridgeway in 2012, the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is now an integral part of our enrichment curriculum for students from Year 9 upwards. It offers an outstanding opportunity for young people to master a wide variety of life skills and to test themselves against nationally recognised challenges.
A Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is one that will stand the test of time, developing the qualities and attributes that colleges and employers so value.
Below are some pictures from the practice expedition in July 2017:
Mr Cross is thrilled about the way that the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award continues to thrive at Ridgeway and about the enthusiasm and commitment shown by students. This is what he said in December 2017:
“This term has seen students achieve more ‘Bronze’ awards. Jack Harris, one of last year’s Year 11 students, finished his award, along with Sean Robinson, who is currently in Year 11. They have received notification of their award and will receive their certificates and ‘Bronze’ pin badges in due course. Several other Year 11 students have completed their award and are awaiting confirmation from the local authority.
Following this success, I am delighted that 115 Year 9 and Year 10 students have chosen to work towards completion of their ‘Bronze’ over the next year. This involves them opting to complete the Physical, Volunteering and Skill elements over a period of three to six months. It culminates in two two-day expeditions during which they have to walk each day, carrying all of their own camping equipment.
All students have received a programme planner and are now in the process of deciding how they want to complete their award. You can visit the ’Duke of Edinburgh’ website for more information about what is involved.”
Following on from Mr Taylor’s assembly about the importance of respecting the environment, three Year 10 students have opted to give up their own time after school one day a week litter-picking around the school yard as part of their ‘Volunteering’ element, showing that parts of the award can be completed with very little additional work.
Ridgeway High School was awarded DLC status in May 2018. Click to read more.
Click for news of the a typical expedition walk, May 2018.
Mr Barney, our Network Coordinator and a former student of the school, helps to run our Duke of Edinburgh’s Award programme. He is passionate about what the Award offers.
“Two things really stand out for me—opportunity and responsibility. ‘Duke of Edinburgh’ gives you fantastic opportunities to do things you would never normally dream of doing. But the flip side of that is that you have to learn responsibility and grasp those opportunities for yourself. Nothing is handed out to you on a plate, as it were. Sure, there are adults around who will guide you and advise you. But they are not going to cook the meals over the camp fire for you; if you are not prepared to learn how to do it yourself, you go hungry. Similarly, you’ll learn how to put up a tent. But—out there in the field—if your tent blows down, then you have to be ready to put it back up again or you are going to get cold and wet. Basically, ‘Duke of Edinburgh’ is all about building character.”