Duke of Edinburgh

Find out how the school’s participation in The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme can help your child develop their self-confidence and independence.

One measure of our Senior School’s success is that the boys and girls who enter in Year 7 emerge at the end of their school days as fully rounded, independent young men and women, ready to make a positive impact on society.

To achieve this, we are always looking for new ways to enrich all aspects of the education we offer, and this has led us to introduce The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme to the school.

Under the scheme our Year 10 and 11 pupils are expected to stretch themselves by undertaking four different kinds of challenge – participating in physical activity, developing a skill, planning and completing an expedition, and taking on some form of volunteering work. This can earn them the Bronze or Silver Award, and they can later go for Gold by undertaking a longer residential programme.

The impact of the scheme has been noticeable. It has really broadened our children’s horizons, given them confidence, and helped them to engage more deeply with the wider community. The boys and girls have gained a real sense of achievement from completing their expedition weekends, and some of their volunteering work, such as raising awareness and support for a local food bank, has opened up the eyes of all the pupils to issues that can so easily be forgotten.

If you would like to find out more about The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme at the school, please contact chris.rayner@colchesterhighschool.co.uk .