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Ashby School has become a Directly Licensed Centre for the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.
Teachers Margaret Hawksworth and Lee Shepherd attended the Regional Duke of Edinburgh Licence Presentation at Quorn Grange Hotel, Leicestershire.
The awards were presented by the Deputy Lord Lieutenant for Leicestershire and Mr Phil Brown (Olympic Silver Medallist 4 x 400m relay, Los Angeles 1984). Phil Brown is also the Regional Commissioner of the Duke of Edinburgh Award in the Central Region.
The presentation highlights changes in the way that the award scheme is delivered across the county of Leicestershire.
As a Directly Licensed Centre (DLC), all administration, delivery and award approval is handled in-house. Mr Shepherd has taken on the position of the Duke of Edinburgh Manager, which entails the delivery of the award scheme in school. Mary Nicholl (who is based in the Lower Humanities Office) has taken up the role of ‘Award Verifier’. Mrs Nicholl is responsible for the approval of the volunteering, skills and physical recreation sections of the award scheme.
The conversion to a DLC allows the school to have more freedom over expedition schedules and award approvals.
The Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award was launched to Year 10 students at Ashby School and 55 places have been offered. There were over 100 applicants for the places.
During 2015-16, Ashby School enrolled 56 Bronze level participants, 23 at Silver level and 12 Gold. During that time, 20 Bronze Awards, 12 Silver Awards and four Gold awards were achieved, showing the level of dedication of our students. Students have until the age of 25 to complete any of their awards and many do so when they leave the school at the end of Year 13 while at university or once they have started work.