Elizabeth College staff are committed to providing students in years 10 to 13 with access to the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme. The scheme is a voluntary non-competitive programme of practical, cultural and adventurous activities.
It is designed to support the personal and social development of young people, regardless of gender, background or ability. It offers an individual challenge and encourages young people to undertake exciting constructive, challenging and enjoyable activities in their free time. Furthermore, many organisations such as employers and universities value the Award and what it says about the person who has achieved it.
There are three levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold. For each one, pupils need to complete activities in four different sections, Volunteering, Skills, Physical and Expeditions. The College is currently running the Bronze and Gold schemes. At Gold level, you also take part in a residential project.
Year 9 students start the Bronze award expedition training during Investigation and Discovery week. They can start the other sections on their 14th birthday and the Gold scheme on their 16th birthday. Elizabeth College runs several expeditions a year for Gold participants. On successful completion, students are presented with a badge and certificate and at Gold level are invited to a presentation ceremony at one of the Royal Palaces.