Enjoyable, Challenging and Rewarding Programme
We are pleased to offer our girls the opportunity to take part in the rewarding Duke of Edinburgh scheme.
Our aimTo provide the Bronze Silver and Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award.
Our visionFor The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award to be universally recognised and widely adopted as the best programme for the personal development of young people.
Our missionThe Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is committed to providing for young people an enjoyable, challenging and rewarding programme of personal development, which is of the highest quality and the widest reach.
Our goalIs to strengthen the Award by continuing to broaden and extend its reach to the many communities that comprise contemporary United Kingdom. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is a registered charity and relies on the generous support of volunteers, Operating Authorities and businesses to meet its commitment to help all young people realise their full potential.
Non-competitiveThe Award is a personal challenge and not a competition against others. Each participant’s programme is tailor-made to reflect the individual starting point, abilities and interests.
Available to allWith a commitment to equal opportunities, the Award Programme is available to all girls who choose to take up its challenge.
VoluntaryThe Girls make a free choice to enter the programme and commit their own time to undertake the activities.
FlexibleThe girls design their own programme, which can be geared to their choice and personal circumstances and also to local provision. They may enter for whichever level of Award best suits them, and may take as long as they wish to complete an Award.
BalancedBy choosing activities in each of four different Sections (five at Gold), participants undertake a balanced and wide ranging programme.
ProgressiveAt each level, the Award Programme demands more time and an increasing degree of commitment and responsibility from the participant.
Achievement focusedBefore starting an activity, young people are encouraged to set their own goals. If they aim for those goals and show improvement, they will achieve their Award.
Marathon, not a sprintThe Award demands persistence and commitment and cannot be completed in a short burst of enthusiasm. Participants may want to continue with activities beyond the minimum time requirements set out for each level of the Award.
Personal developmentThe Award is a programme of personal and social development. The value to our girls is dependent on personal commitment, the learning process and the quality of the experience.
EnjoyableYoung people and helpers should find participation enjoyable and satisfying.
Benefits of the awardThe Award is widely recognised by employers and people involved in education. Some of the benefits to our girls include developing self-confidence and self-reliance; gaining a sense of achievement and a sense of responsibility; discovering new skills, interests and talents and developing leadership skills and abilities. They can also discover exciting opportunities; make new friends; experience teamwork, problem-solving and decision-making; increase their motivation; enhance their self-esteem and develop their communication skills. They will also, of course, have fun! The Government has recognised that the Award has a valuable role to play within a young person’s personal development. The Award is closely linked with many Government initiatives across the UK. The Award gives opportunities for young people to:
- enjoy a wide variety of physical, creative and aesthetic experiences which encourage personal growth and development;
- experience new lifestyles and cultures outside their own immediate neighbourhood, possibly abroad;
- experience a variety of learning and teaching styles with people from different walks of life;
- take decisions of increasing complexity and accept responsibility for the consequences;
- discover new talents and abilities and test values and beliefs;
- give a continuing personal commitment of service to others;
- establish and sustain inter-personal relationships;
- negotiate their own personal programme of participation, seeking out and researching relevant information, and gradually take responsibility for their own learning;
- understanding their strengths and weakness, assess their personal level of competence, increase their own personal effectiveness and take responsibility for their own lives having a great time!