Duke Of Edinburgh
Through a DofE programme young people have fun, make friends, improve their self-esteem and build confidence. They gain essential skills and attributes for work and life such as resilience, problem-solving, team-working, communication and drive, enhancing CV’s and job applications. Top employers recognise the work-ready skills Award holders bring to their business.
14-24 year-olds can do a DofE programme at one of three progressive levels which, when successfully completed, leads to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
There are four sections to complete at Bronze level. They involve helping the community/environment, becoming fitter, developing new skills, planning, training for and completing an expedition.
Any young person can do their DofE – regardless of ability, gender, background or location. Achieving an Award isn’t a competition or about being first. It’s all about setting personal challenges and pushing personal boundaries.
At Park School we focus on the Bronze level award, allowing students to complete sections through various school and community based placements (Skills through Springvale & Volunteering through work experience) as well as providing structured sporting opportunities through the Extended Schools Programme (Climbing, Tennis, Cycling & Archery).
The school incorporates curriculum time for participants to learn the skills and abilities required for expedition including regular Duke of Edinburgh lessons, day walks, and the final expedition itself completed in the Mourne Mountains and Tollymore Forest Park, Newcastle.