Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
The value and recognition of Duke of Edinburgh is very well known and it is the most valued non-academic award rated by major employers. At Harton we have grown the numbers significantly over the past few years and we have a really strong team of volunteers that that mean that we can offer the opportunity to large numbers of students. We currently have 47 year 12 students completing the silver level and 6 doing the gold level. Involvement in the award is not only very challenging and rewarding but can make the difference when it comes to applying for competitive courses or careers in the future. At Harton we offer students the opportunity to progress from the bronze award through to silver or to enter directly to silver if they have never been involved in the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme before. Students that have completed the silver can then access the gold level and start their journey towards this and complete the expedition section within the 6th form. To complete the Duke of Edinburgh Awards you must complete four sections:
- Developing a skill
- Completing voluntary service
- Taking part in a physical activity
- Completing a training and assessed expedition in the countryside camping, cooking and walking
At gold level you must also complete a residential component.
Feedback from students is that they get an incredible sense of achievement as it pushes them beyond what they would usually do. It is a real test of physical and mental toughness and helps young people develop and demonstrate determination, commitment and many other key employability skills. In an increasingly competitive world it will certainly help to make young people stand out from the crowd in the future.