In 1956, HRH Prince Philip launched a pilot for The Duke of Edinburgh’s (DofE) Award. Today, the programme is available to any young person aged 14 to 24, with the mission of inspiring, guiding and supporting young people in their self-development and recognising their achievements. Young people choose a challenge under each section of the Award: Volunteering, Physical, Skills, Expedition and, for Gold participants only, Residential. These activities, undertaken over an extended period of time, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Award.
At Heritage, the Expedition sections of the Bronze and Silver Awards are delivered as part of our Outdoor Education Programme. During Senior Camp this year, Year 9 DofE participants finished their Bronze Qualifying Expedition while the Year 10s successfully completed their Silver Practice Expedition. Year 11s completed their Silver Qualifying Expedition in late June in the Shropshire Hills, walking from near Pontesbury to Llanfair Waterdine on the Welsh border. The expedition included medieval towns like Bishop’s Castle and Clun, as well as sections of Offa’s Dyke. Well done to all of those pupils who participated in this year’s Expeditions.