Duke of Edinburgh's Silver Award

In the Sixth Form students are encouraged to take on the challenge of the Silver Award, which is on offer to all Year 12 students regardless of whether they have experience of previous Duke of Edinburgh's Awards. The year group are encouraged to be independent and organise their own sections with support if required. The aim is that they complete the Award before they leave Bishop Challoner.

The Duke of Edinburgh's Silver award is made up of 4 areas; Volunteering, Physical, Skills and Expedition. Each of these areas will be assessed resulting in you gaining a nationally recognised qualification that you can use on your CV and UCAS application. It’s about students pushing themselves beyond their comfort zones.

Volunteering - Participants help less advantaged people in the local community.

Physical - This section gives participants the opportunity to develop in a physical activity of their choice.

Skills - Participants pursue a hobby, skill or interest.

Expedition - This section encourages participants to learn to use maps and to become self-sufficient whilst exploring the great outdoors. Participants must plan and execute a 3 day and 2 night self-sufficient expedition with others. Strong teamwork skills and motivation are essential. The school offers walking expeditions. 

Completing the Silver Award is a fantastic opportunity that allows students to continue current activities or develop new skills. The sense of responsibility that participants feel allows them to develop leadership, team work, problem-solving and communication skills. The Silver Award is acknowledged amongst employers as the second most important criteria after academic success.

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