Duke of EdinburghEstablished in 1956 by its Founder and Patron, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, the Award 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 aged 14-25, regardless of gender, background or ability.
The Award offers an individual challenge and encourages young people to undertake exciting, constructive, challenging and enjoyable activities in their free time.
There are three levels within the Award:
· Bronze – for those aged 14 and over (S3)
· Silver – for those aged 15 and over (S4)
· Gold – for those aged 15 and over (S5 and S6)
Each level of Award is split into Four Sections:
· Volunteering – encourages pupils to help individuals and the community.
· Skills – can cover almost any hobby, skill or interest of the pupil.
· Physical – focuses on sport, dance and fitness
· Expedition – includes training for, planning and completing a journey on foot.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is widely recognised by employers and people involved in further education. Some of the benefits to young people include:
· Developing self-confidence and self-reliance
· Gaining a sense of achievement and a sense of responsibility
· Discovering new skills, interests and talents
· Developing leadership skills and abilities
· Developing team building skills and abilities
In S5 and S6, pupils can select St. Andrew’s Coaching Academy.
Pupils receive x6 periods per week, gaining an SCQF Level 6 Leadership, Health & Wellbeing Qualification.
They will work with National Governing bodies to obtain additional Coaching Qualifications and work alongside our Active Schools Coordinators.
Pupils are required to complete a Coaching placement in an associated primary school, providing valuable experience for all.
This course is an excellent opportunity to enhance their CV and open pathways into future employment.