Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
Accrington Academy’s DofE programme is open to all students from years 9 to 13. Students can do programmes at three levels, which when completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
The Duke of Edinburgh Award has been operational at the Academy since 2013, growing every year, there are 56 Bronze and 14 Silver students registered for 2016 with our very first Gold expedition planned for 2017.
The award is achieved by completing a personal programme of activities in four sections (five if working towards Gold) – Volunteering, Physical, Skills, Expedition and for Gold, a Residential.
Students will help people or the community, get fitter, develop skills, go on an expedition and take part in a residential activity (Gold only).
The Benefits of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme
Universities and future employers are often keen to interview candidates who have gained Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards, because they know that such involvement means a young person is proactive and may have developed a whole host of skills. Full information about the award can be read on the official Duke of Edinburgh’s Award website www.dofe.org
Students choose their own activity for each section other than the Expedition. It’s a personal responsibility to find and complete these activities – school can advise students however students must work independently. Each activity must be assessed and signed off by someone qualified in that activity, and who is not a family member.
View these documents for ideas on how to complete each section:
Programme Ideas Volunteering
Programme Ideas Skills
Programme Ideas Residential
Programme Ideas Physical
For 2017, the cost of the expedition programme is £150 for Bronze or Silver award.
This includes Training, Practice and Qualifying expeditions, Transport, the Log Book, hire of a compass, insurance, and all group equipment.
Food and personal equipment are not included.
Bronze: minimum 6 months. 2 day/1 night practice expedition, 2 day/1 night qualifying expedition
Silver: minimum 6 months. 2 day/2 night practice expedition, 3 day/2 night qualifying expedition
Gold: minimum 12 months. 3 day/2 night practice expedition, 4 day/3 night qualifying expedition, plus Residential.
Mr B. Mears
Of course, I love all the topics in Geography, however I have always been biased towards Physical Geography. I have always had a love for the outdoors and our planet ever since childhood! I try to convey this enthusiasm over in my teaching in an attempt to not only cover the important physical aspects of the subject such as rivers and coastlines but also that it is vital we look after this earth of ours! Human Geography topic would have to be Tourism. I love travelling and love learning about new places in the world and the culture that is there. I like to inspire students using examples in my lessons from the places I have visited, hoping that one day my students will travel across the globe discovering exciting new places and experiencing a whole new culture. In my lessons I always try to incorporate different learning styles to enable each child to access the curriculum. I also feel it is crucial to give students and GCSE students in particular the tools and knowledge to answer GCSE questions. This then gives the control to the students and ultimately leads to a greater level of confidence with the question and lead to a positive grade achieved.
Mr P. Brown
If you asked my 10 year old self what I wanted to be when I was older I would have said a train driver! Nobody would have predicted I would be a teacher. I found that school got in the way of my play time with friends. The advice of one teacher had an impact. I tried and when it resulted in rewards, I was hooked! It became a competition to work my way up to the higher sets. It was only at college that I started to be interested in computers and University seemed to be the obvious next step. After working in web design and completing my MSc, I decided that I wanted a career where I could pass on my passion of computing and new technology. At Accrington Academy I see many young people who remind me of my younger self. I may not be a train driver but I am taking students on a journey through school and helping them reach success.
Mrs S. Tahraoui
I have had a passion for Physical Education and Sport for as long as I can remember, especially enjoying my time at Sixth Form College, where I had a fantastic teacher who made both practical and theory elements fun and interesting! I have always been an active person and encourage others around me to be active also. I currently take part in Crossfit and look forward to entering some competitions soon as my skill level increases. My favourite aspect to the PE curriculum is Fitness Training as well as Anatomy and Physiology. I find it really interesting to learn about the body and how it can be affected by exercise, so much so that I still enjoy taking the time to research and broaden my own knowledge base. Hopefully students will find that this passion and enthusiasm for these topics is evident within my teaching.
Mrs R. Kissock
After studying GCSE and A Level Physical Education I decided to complete a degree in Secondary Physical Education with Qualified Teacher Status to become a secondary PE teacher. I studied for three years at the University of Cumbria and completed secondary placements in a variety of schools before beginning my teaching career at Accrington Academy. I specialise in Dance, Gymnastics and Cheerleading and also have my Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award and B.E.L.A. I love learning about Anatomy and Physiology and educating about choices to a healthy lifestyle.