Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme
At St Matthew Academy we encourage pupils to be part of our Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme because it is a scheme which helps young people reach their potential in a range of different skills outside of the classroom. The award is a personal achievement and is still rated by future employers as the number 1 award they look for, outside of a pupil’s academic achievements.
The Duke of Edinburgh group meets on a Monday evening, between 3.00-5.00pm every week throughout the year and has a full, varied and exciting training programme for pupils in Years 9 and 10. This includes, all pupils learning the basic first-aid and life-saving skills.
To succeed on the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award, pupils are required to volunteer in their local community; to learn a new skill and take part in a physical activity. Further to this, pupils have the opportunity to develop a number of other key life skills including cooking outdoors; map reading and navigation; packing correct kit and equipment and putting up tents and shelters when they are on the expedition phase which takes place during the months of May and June. All these new skills are assessed by an independent assessor.
Please see the pictures of pupils receiving the Bronze Award earlier this year. These Year 11 pupils will complete the Duke of Edinburgh Silver and Gold Awards at their respective colleagues in the very near future.