Duke of Edinburgh's Award
St John's runs the Duke of Edinburgh's Award scheme as a co-curricular activity and it provides fantastic opportunities to develop skills and embark on adventures. At the end of the Lower Fifth Form pupils can opt to start the Silver Award. In the Sixth Form they can complete the Gold Award.
To complete a level, pupils must do a volunteering activity (typically through either the Combined Cadet Force or the Community Service Unit), a skill (typically hobbies such as photography or playing a musical instrument), a physical activity (any school or outside sport) and two expeditions (one practice and one assessed expedition). Activities from the School’s co-curricular programme can be counted towards the award. Alternatively, the participants can use clubs or societies out of school. At Gold level there is also a requirement for a residential course. Full details about the award scheme can be found at www.dofe.org.
This popular Award develops personal skills including self-motivation, organisation and self-discipline. A further purpose is to develop leadership qualities through group work and expeditions, as well as to generate an awareness of others through service. It requires a high level of commitment, especially at Gold level, which is why universities regard it as a very positive recommendation on CVs.