Duke of Edinburgh Award
Earlier this year Croxley Danes School was proud to launch the Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) scheme. The DofE programme allows entrants aged 14-24 to complete one of three progressive levels which, when successfully completed, leads to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
There are four sections to complete at Bronze and Silver level and five at Gold. They involve helping the community/environment, becoming fitter, developing new skills, planning, training for and completing an expedition and, for Gold only, working with a team on a residential activity.
We were delighted that 60 of our Year 9 students signed up to start their DofE award programme in February, however, little did we anticipate a global pandemic. During the subsequent lock down period and the summer holidays our students still persevered with their award, by logging their physical activities, learning new skills and helping out within the local community.
The DofE award launched the DofE Certificate of Achievement to formally recognise participants who completed their Skills, Volunteering and Physical sections but were not able to complete their expedition due to the pandemic. We are extremely proud of our Year 10 student, Jack M, who completed all 3 sections and is due to receive his award shortly. It is our hope that many other students will receive their Certificate of Achievement before their planned expedition, which is due to take place in the summer term.
We also had a great start to this academic year with many of our new Year 9 student cohort signing up to the DofE scheme with much interest and enthusiasm. We really look forward to hearing about all of the exciting activities our students will be partaking in over the coming months in completing their awards.