The Duke of Edinburgh's Award (DofE) is the world's leading achievement award for young people, recognised by employers and universities alike. It helps to instil a sense of adventure and has a lasting impact on young people's behaviour, skills and life chances.
At Longridge Towers, pupils have the opportunity to create their own DofE programme by choosing a volunteering, physical and a skills activity, going on an expedition and, for their Gold award only, taking part in a residential activity. The award enables pupils to develop their mind, body and soul in a non-competitive environment, which elevates their self-confidence, skills and aspirations. The DofE is a widely recognised qualification and is viewed in a very positive fashion by university admissions tutors and employers.
Each section of the programme focuses on developing a core aspect in our pupils, in a fun yet challenging manner and has specific aims and purposes. By completing the various components, our students develop new skills, confidence and talents, help their community and gain a greater appreciation of the world and their surrounding areas.
In Form 4, pupils (age 14) are able to enrol in their Bronze Award. To achieve this level, they must take part in activities in each of the sections mentioned above. Their expedition is usually based in the Cheviots or a similar location. The expedition allows the children to use the skills and knowledge they have learned in the weekly enrichment, including camp craft, navigation, first aid, cooking and organisation. The expedition is often very challenging, but generally all pupils manage to battle the unpredictable elements and excel in this area.
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