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The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme is the world’s leading achievement award for young people, and is highly regarded by Universities, Colleges and Employers. It encourages young people to develop independence, commitment, leadership and teamwork through being involved in a personalised programme of activities. Rishworth School fully supports the award and recognises its unique value for developing skills and attributes in young people. Pupils are able to undertake the Bronze Award in Year 10 and the Gold Award in Lower Sixth.


The Awards

The Bronze Award is split into Four sections; Volunteering, Physical, Skill, and Expedition, whilst the Gold Award is split into Five sections; Volunteering, Physical, Skill, Residential and Expedition. Both Awards are demanding; requiring commitment, energy, enthusiasm, perseverance and enterprise from the students taking part and should not be undertaken lightly. Both are viewed extremely favourably by both employers and universities. Indeed to some employers, the Gold Award can be the deciding factor in making an appointment. These are highly valued achievements.


What is Involved?

For the expedition section, a complete and extensive training programme is rolled out here at Rishworth. Through this training programme students will be expected to undertake one day of navigation training followed by two expeditions, the first a practice, and the second a qualifying expedition with performance judged by an assessor. At Bronze Level these take place in normal countryside, with one night spent camping, whilst at Gold level, these will take place in ‘wild country’, with 3 nights spent camping.


The benefit of outdoor activities such as the Duke of Edinburgh scheme for the development of aspects of character, depths of resilience, the ability to be both a team-player and self-reliant and other skills such as planning, communication and reliability is really appreciated at Rishworth. So much so that through encouraging members of our community to get involved has meant that in recent years Rishworth has had more students completing their Awards than any other in Calderdale – and we are by no means the biggest!