Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme
Many Clayesmore students embark on a Duke of Edinburgh journey.
Approximately 75% of Year 10 pupils choose the programme and almost all of these will complete it before the end of Year 11. We currently have 52 Sixth Form students working towards the coveted Gold award. The Duke of Edinburgh scheme, like the CCF and the outdoor adventure programmes (Bushcraft, scuba diving, sailing) offers students to develop the skills which are central to the school’s vision and mission statement. Teenagers learn resilience, teamwork, survival skills, but also develop communication skills, independence, versatility, compassion and kindness. They also have fun and we hear the stories that come out of their experiences, stories which then become part of the students’ own narratives. Participants undertake a wide variety of volunteer work, such as assisting in local primary schools, sports training, environmental and wildlife projects and raising significant sums of money for local charities. Students undertake a rigorous and detailed training programme, both in school and in wild country that culminates in a qualifying expedition on Dartmoor.