The Duke of Edinburgh Award is a leading youth charity that aims to give anyone aged 14–24 the opportunity to achieve personal development.
The programme is non-competitive, achievable by all, voluntary, personalised, a balance of the mind, body and soul, progressive, achievement-focused and enjoyable, yet demands commitment. All skills necessary for work and life.
Bredon has been an enthusiastic supporter of the Award since its early days and is a Direct Licensing Organisation.
It is highly regarded by Universities and Employers as a reflection of a young person’s commitment, fortitude and adaptability. At Bredon, pupils have the opportunity to pursue the Bronze, Silver and Gold award.
- Bronze is available to pupils in Year 10. They have to be a minimum of 14 years old. The Award takes a minimum of 6 months to achieve.
- Silver is available to pupils in Year 11 and above. They have to be a minimum of 15 years old. The Award takes a minimum of 6 – 12 months to achieve.
- Gold is available to pupils in Year 12 and above. They have to be a minimum of 16 years old. The Award takes a minimum of 12 – 18 months to achieve.
There are 4 sections at Bronze and Silver, and 5 at Gold.
- Volunteering – undertaking service to individuals or the community.
- Physical – improving in an area of sport, dance or fitness.
- Skills – developing practical and social skills and personal interests.
- Expedition – planning, training and completion of an adventurous journey in the UK or abroad.
- At Gold, the 5th section, Residential, involves working and staying away from home doing a shared activity, meeting new people. This section is organised and paid for by the pupils themselves but they are given ideas and websites to peruse. Students are encouraged to finish their Gold whilst in the Sixth Form at Bredon.