At King William’s College, participation in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is actively encouraged. Established in 1956 by its Founder and Patron, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is a voluntary, non-competitive programme of practical, cultural and adventurous activities.
It is a personal challenge which demands persistence and commitment to see it through to the end but students who take up a new activity often continue with it long after they have completed the minimum requirements for the award.
There are three levels within The Duke of Edinburgh's Award:
- Bronze - for those aged 14 and over – (Lower 5 students)
This takes place on the Isle of Man.
- Silver - for those aged 15 and over – (Middle 5 to Upper 5 students)
This is traditionally done in the Yorkshire Dales but can also be done on the Isle of Man.
- Gold - for those aged 16 and over – (Upper 5 and IB students)
This can be done in various locations – eg. Ireland, Africa, Asia.
Each level of Award is split into four Sections:
Service - encourages participants to help individuals and the community.
Skills - can cover almost any hobby, skill or interest of the participant.
Physical recreation - focuses on sport, dance and fitness.
Expedition includes training for, planning and completing a journey on foot or horseback, canoe, boat or cycle.
For further details and information please visit: www.theaward.org.