Duke of Edinburgh Award
The longstanding and prestigious Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme is popular at Bloxham. Our students join the 275,000 young people, from every possible background, who take part in the Award each year to broaden their horizons, develop their leadership skills, learn to work with others, volunteer in their local communities, increase their employability, and prove to themselves they can succeed at a serious challenge.
Bloxham successfully runs groups for Bronze and Gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards and the large number of pupils taking part enjoy challenging expeditions to North Devon, the Brecons and the Lake District.
There are two separate Duke of Edinburgh Awards which can be achieved: Bronze and Gold. Each has a different starting age and period of participation. However, for both awards there are four sections:
- Service - to encourage service to individuals and the community
- Skills - to encourage the discovery and development of personal interests and social and practical skills
- Physical recreation - to encourage participation and improvement in physical activity
- Expeditions - to encourage a spirit of adventure and discovery
The Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award is the first of the two awards we run at Bloxham. It can be started when nearly 14, and so at Bloxham is normally taken during the Third Form.
The award takes at least six months to complete and so commitment is needed. Requirements:
- Service: three months
- Skills: three months
- Physical recreation: three months
- Expedition: Plan, prepare and undertake a two day, overnight venture
- Plus, a further three months in either the service, skills or physical recreation section
The Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award is the last and most demanding of the awards. It can be done from 16 older - i.e. the Lower Sixth. It takes at least a year and also involves a residential trip. Requirements:
- Service: 12 months
- Skills and physical recreation: one section for 12 months and the other section for 6 months
- Expedition: Plan, prepare and undertake a four day, three night venture
- Residential: Undertake a shared activity in a residential setting away from home for five days and four nights
- Plus, for those who do not have their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze or Silver Award, a further six months in either the service or the longer of the skills/physical recreation section must be completed
With over 160 students participating in the scheme, Bloxham is one of the largest school providers in Oxfordshire and we are very proud of the students who get presented with their Gold Awards at a royal ceremony each year.