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Duke of Edinburgh Award

Duke of Edinburgh Award

In 2017, nine students in our 14-19 department were awarded their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award. Twi other students completed three of the four sections and plan to complete their qualifying expedition in the near future.

For the physical section, students attended the ‘Feelgood Fitness Centre’ at Queen Alexander College in Harborne. Choosing a sport or physical activity they enjoy and developing and following a training programme for their chosen activity.

For the volunteering section, students worked in groups to raise money for two different charities. One group raised money and resources for the homeless through the Salvation Army by staging a ‘soak the teacher’ event and taking donations of clothes, toiletries and food. Another group made a video to raise awareness of the work that the Birmingham Children’s Hospital do for young people in the city. Two pupils also completed a wheelchair abseil at the Ackers Activity Centre to raise money.

For the skills section, students developed a range of new skills in their ICT lessons to produce a school Christmas newsletter. These included photography, writing, editing and emailing.

The students completed their practice expedition on Cannock Chase, tackling a variety of challenging trails on various terrains. Their qualifying expedition at Carsington Water in Derbyshire included a walk around the reservoir and writing a song as a group about their adventure.

  • 'My favourite part was all of the nice sunny views because they gave me a sentimental feeling.' - Harry
  • 'I developed my confidence.' - Lewis
  • 'The hardest part was all of the walking.' - Cameron
  • 'I learnt how to sleep outside.' - Elliah
  • 'I learnt how to survive.' - Will
  • 'I enjoyed doing the massive walk because it was sunny and all of the class worked as a team. It tested the strength that I have in my arms.' - Charlotte
  • 'I have learnt not to feel bad about leaving my parents and being worried about them.' - Aoislin
  • 'I enjoyed being away from home and drinking hot chocolate before bed.' – Connor

The group worked extremely hard to complete the award and should be proud of their achievements. They developed lots of new skills and really pushed themselves at times, helping themselves and others to be more independent - fully embracing the ideals of the Duke of Edinburgh Award. They now move on to completing the Silver award with fresh ideas and challenges in mind.

Andrew Middleton
DofE Manager


On the treadmill at QAC gym.
Warming up for keep fit.

Working together.
Abseiling challenge at the Ackers.

The D of E group.
Putting up the tent on our expedition.

Enjoying our expedition.
Cooking my supper.