The Duke of Edinburgh Award

The Duke of Edinburgh award is one of the key extra-curricular activities offered by Trafalgar School. The award aims to provide an enjoyable, challenging and valuable programme of personal development for young people, which is of the highest quality and widest reach.

Throughout the programme the aim is to promote teamwork, self-reliance, resilience, confidence and responsibility. These characteristics are developed through all four sections of the award: Volunteering, Physical, Skill and the Expedition.

Volunteering encourages students to get involved in worthwhile projects both in and outside of school life, such as working in a charity shop, helping the elderly or sports leadership. The physical section of the award is specifically centred towards sport (individual or team) and physical activity. The skill section is about pursuing a new non-physical hobby or skill, or developing an old one such as playing a musical instrument or learning first aid.

Finally, the expedition element is a key component, designed to develop leadership and team working skills. At Bronze level, the expedition is for 2 days and 1 night, where students must decide on an aim and purpose for their journeys, such as observing wildlife or footpath erosion. They will then collectively deliver a presentation of their experiences to an accredited assessor.

Assessor’s report link:

Further information can be found on the DofE website. Alternatively, please speak to Miss Nersessian or Mr Loader in the PE Department.