Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
Building resilience and rewarding perseverance
The College offers an opportunity for all sixth form and Year 10 pupils to get involved in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme at gold and silver level. Participation in the scheme is voluntary. It offers a series of constructive individual challenges that encourage personal development and is highly valued by employers and universities. Completion of the bronze and silver awards is not required prior to enrolment for the gold award.
The award at Eastbourne College is led by DofE Manager Seven Summiter and Everest mountaineer Dan Tebay; Dan is also the National Advisor DofE Army Cadet Force.
Pupils form teams of four to seven and receive guidance from a member of staff who acts as mentor for their programme. The scheme is very popular at the College: 86 pupils are currently working towards their silver award, and 43 pupils towards their gold award.
The award is highly valued by employers and universities.
Pupils are enrolled onto the silver programme in the spring term of Year 10 and onto the gold programme in the Lower Sixth. The Black Mountains is the destination for the practice expedition during the first week of the summer holidays for the Lower Sixth gold participants. The final assessment for Upper Sixth pupils takes place in the Brecon Beacons during the October half-term break. Those pupils working towards their silver award go to the New Forest for their practice, and Dartmoor for their assessment.
Successful completion of a gold award is a very impressive achievement, and shows that a participant has the skills, determination and mentality to succeed. Gold award presentations are highly prestigious events, held at St James’ Palace in London.
Visit the Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards website to find out more.