A wide variety of extra curricular activities are available to all students in school every term, with differing sports and outdoor programmes depending on the season. Most are during the school lunch breaks but others are held after school and at weekends.


Please speak to the teacher running the activity for details. We would encourage everyone to take part in at least one activity per week; it’s a great way to make new friends with the same interests and shows potential employers that you have more to offer.

Duke of Edinburgh Awards

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award – What is it?

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is a voluntary, non-competitive programme of practical, cultural and adventurous activities, designed to support the personal development of young people aged 14 – 25.


It offers an individual challenge and encourages young people to undertake exciting, constructive, challenging and enjoyable activities in their free time.


Participating in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award enables students develop communication skills, problem-solving abilities and proves they have dedication and perseverance. It also proves they can be responsible and work as a team to attain a predetermined goal. These are valuable qualities when looking to enter into further/higher education and employment.

What does the programme consist of?
It is a four section programme with three progressive levels:

  • Bronze (for those aged 14 and over)
  • Silver (for those aged 15 and over)
  • Gold (for those aged 16 and over)


The sections involve:

  • Volunteering (helping other people in the local community)
  • Skills (covering almost any hobby, skill or interest)
  • Physical (sport, dance and fitness)
  • Expedition (training for, planning and completing a journey on foot)

How long will it take to complete?
A Bronze Award takes a minimum of 6 months to complete.


The Bronze award involves:

  • Your commitment to gaining the award
  • Attending after school meetings and training sessions
  • Keeping up with a Skill, Service or Physical Recreation for six months
  • Keeping two weekends free for expeditions
  • Being organised and getting your logbook signed

Aim of the Volunteering section

To encourage service to individuals and to the community.


The Principles

You should identify the voluntary service required, gain some knowledge of the needs of those whom you are assisting and then receive briefing and training in the skills required to give that service.


The value of participation in the Volunteering section comes from training, giving practical service and appreciating the needs of the community.

Aim of the Skills section

To encourage the discovery and development of practical and social skills and personal interests.


The Principles

This section should encourage you to pursue activities within a wide range of practical, cultural and social environments.

The skill may be an existing interest or something entirely new.

Aim of the Physical section

To encourage participation and improvement in physical activity.


The Principles

This section offers a wide range of programmes in the belief that:

  • Involvement in some form of enjoyable physical activity is essential for physical well-being.
  • A lasting sense of achievement and satisfaction is derived from meeting a physical challenge.
  • Sports are enjoyable and can lead to the establishment of a lasting active lifestyle.

Aim of the Expedition section

To encourage a spirit of adventure and discovery.


The Principles

All ventures involve self-reliant journeying in the countryside, conceived with a purpose and undertaken without motorised assistance. The venture must present you with a challenge in terms of purpose, planning and achievement with minimum external intervention.


If you need help or any further information, visit the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award web site: