Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
At whatever level you enter, you have to undertake four key sections: Volunteering, Physical, Skill and an Expedition. To achieve the highest award (Gold) you also have to take part in a residential section. When a young person takes on the challenge of the DofE Award, it shows resilience, discipline and a ‘can do’ attitude. When a young person successfully completes the Award, it demonstrates they have learned key employability skills as well as social and interpersonal skills. Not only do these skills help prepare a young person for the world of work, they better enhance their chances of succeeding in life. The aim of the Award is to create a rounded, confident and capable young person. It’s about giving young people the best possible start in life. At Accrington Academy, the DofE Award is highly prized – we encourage all students, regardless of background, to attempt something new and to broaden their horizons. This scheme, alongside other enrichment opportunities, lends itself to students who want more from life.