At Leicester Grammar School the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme is very popular with over 60 students working towards their Bronze Award in Year 10 and a further 30 working towards their Gold Award in the L6th. Students begin their Bronze award in the January of Year 9 in order to complete the Physical, Skill and Volunteering sections prior to expedition training.
The students take responsibility for organising their own Volunteering, Skill and Physical placements. Examples for the physical activity include sports teams, Zumba, weight training, swimming and martial arts. For the volunteering activity students volunteer in charity shops, talk and play games with the elderly in care homes, help with community sports teams, assist the Junior School Staff with sports practices or help to run the Bronze Groups if at Gold level. Examples for the skill section include learning to play an instrument, developing cookery skills, completing an art or DT project, photography or learning to drive if at Gold level.
Within school we run a number of expeditions every year, with full equipment provided. Bronze Practice and Qualifying Expeditions usually take place locally and in the southern part of the Peak District. Gold Expeditions take place in the northern parts of the Peak District and The Lake District. Both Bronze and Gold Groups attend a skills and team building camp at a point during the academic year. These are based at school for the Bronze groups and in Hathersage, Peak District for the Gold Group. All camps are compulsory and part of the training process required by the DofE award scheme. Please see below the schedule for the 2017/2018 expedition year.
The Award is an excellent opportunity for students of all backgrounds and abilities to make new friends, test themselves by trying new activities, develop team work and leadership skills and gain recognition for their efforts. The scheme does involve a high level of commitment and we strive to set deadlines to ensure all students achieve the award. All students are welcome to enrol on the scheme regardless of their previous experience of the great outdoors!