In 2014 Priory launched the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme (DofE) to students in Year 10. Taking part in the award scheme is an excellent opportunity to develop new skills beyond the traditional school curriculum. DofE is the nationally and internationally recognised award favoured by employers and universities alike. The programme builds confidence, dedication and commitment; attributes we all want to see in our young people.

There are three progressive levels of DofE which, when successfully completed, lead to Bronze, Silver and Gold. In Year 10 we will offer students the opportunity to work on the Bronze Award Scheme. There are four sections to this award that involve helping the community/environment, becoming fitter, developing new skills, planning/training for and completing an expedition.

Research has shown that young people completing the DofE gain key employability skills such as leadership, decision-making, confidence, team working and understanding of others. The programme provides a sense of adventure and the DofE experience has a lasting impact on the young people's behaviour, skills and life chances.

At the start of Year 10 there will be the opportunity for pupils to sign up and get involved. There is an enrolment fee of £15 and some additional costs for the expedition but in total, including the fee, this will not exceed £50.

Duke of Edinburgh Website