Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
Since it began in 1956, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award has been dedicated to the personal development of young people from all backgrounds and is now widely recognised as the world’s leading youth achievement award. It certainly is a real adventure from beginning to end, helping young people to develop their independence and leadership qualities.
Rydal Penrhos School is a DofE Directly Licensed Centre and offers all three levels of the Award, beginning with Bronze in Year 9, continuing on to Silver in Years 10 & 11, and culminating with the prestigious Gold Award in Years 12 & 13.
The Award is achieved by completing a personal programme of activities in four sections (five if you’re going for Gold).
You’ll find yourself helping people or the community, getting fitter, developing skills, going on an expedition in the Welsh mountains and taking part in a residential activity (Gold only).
The programme can be full of activities and projects that get each pupil excited, allowing them to develop existing talents and discover new ones, whilst meeting new friends and learning a great deal about themselves along the way.
The Award Scheme at Rydal Penrhos is supported by several enthusiastic staff, including Dr Lewis, Miss Margerison and and Miss Jones.
Expedition training, advice and encouragement are delivered throughout the year as part of the co-curricular programme.