Duke of Edinburgh
The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme helps students from all Years to develop new skills, experiences, opportunities and gain independence.
Students of all abilities can sign up for the scheme, beginning in Year 10. Duke of Edinburgh students take part in a range of challenges over a period of time.These include physical recreation, skill-building, expeditions and a service element.
At Gold level, students take part in a character-building, five-day expedition, covering at least 50 miles.
Holders of Duke of Edinburgh Awards - at Bronze, Silver or Gold level - are widely regarded as having a significant advantage over their peers, in interviews or similar situations.
Teacher Margaret Hawksworth, who is closely involved with the Duke of Edinburgh scheme at Ashby School, said: “Duke of Edinburgh students stand out from other people. It helps them with determination; they react well to problems and deal confidently with difficult situations.”
Students should be aware that, if they start the Duke of Edinburgh scheme at another school, they may not be able to complete it at Ashby School because of pressure on numbers.
Students embarking on the scheme in Year 10 at Ashby School will usually be able to complete their Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards during their time at the school. As of 2012, students can only start Bronze in Year 10, progressing onto Silver in Year 11 and Gold in their Sixth Form years.
Ashby School became a Directly Licensed Centre in 2017, which means that the delivery of the award scheme is handled in-house. This gives the school greater control over issues such as expedition routes and award approval.