Both levels of the award involve completing a programme of ‘volunteering’, ‘skills’ and ‘physical’ activities that lasts up to twelve months.
The scheme culminates with the ‘expedition’ phase and the bronze award students completed their 24-hour expedition in Cheddar, while the silver award students completed their longer 48-hour version in the Forest of Dean.
Tom Hill, associate leader and director of post-16 at BSCS, said:
“Students should be exceptionally proud of the hard work and dedication completing a Duke of Edinburgh award involves. It is a real commitment, and it is for that reason it is so highly valued by universities and employers alike.”
“This year, our Duke of Edinburgh numbers have grown and we have more students than ever working towards completing the award. We have record numbers (29 students) working towards the bronze award, a good number doing the silver award and we have our first ever gold award group – let’s hope they complete theirs because they would collect their certificates from St James’ Palace!”
Photo: Sophie Brain, Rachel Bennett, Megan Batty, Tom Dinham, Rebecca Halford, Alex Jackson, Callum Wilson, Rebecca Nash, Harry Wide, Jemma Smith, Emily Smart, Lucy Osborn, Lara Carnell and Chloe Lewis (all receiving bronze awards). [Hi-res photo available on Facebook and Flickr]
Other award winners from 2015 who are not in included in the photo are Daniel Davey (bronze), Alice Higginson (silver) Alixander O’Connor (bronze) and Heidi Sermulins (silver).
This article originally appeared in the January 2016 edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine, delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,500 homes in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Stoke Lodge. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.
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