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Parents, governors, and representatives from the PTA, all celebrated the success of the Silver and Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award.

On Tuesday 13th Novemeber 2018, Egglescliffe School celebrated the success of the 2017-2018 cohort of Bronze Award students, and our first recipients of the Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award.

34 students at Bronze and 10 students at Silver have successfully completed and received their certificates and badges. They undertook 12-24 weeks of personal development through volunteering experience, physical fitness, and learning a new skill, giving up three hours a week to extend their capabilities and their futures.

As well as this, the students have worked together to successfully complete two expeditions: for Bronze this took place in the local lowland countryside, and for the Silver in the rolling hills of the Peak District. Where the expedition, the students negotiated soaring heat, freezing drops in temperature at night, countless blisters, pitching tents in the dark, and several fields of cows!

Mr M Cowan, Deputy Headteacher, led the presentation by talking about the huge raft of benefits the DofE Award brings to our students, and the hope that this skills will be used to help propel them to success in whatever future they choose.

Miss S Ghost, Duke of Edinburgh Manager at the school, talked of her passion for enrichment as a gateway for opportunity, and her immense pride at seeing the students grow over into determined, resilient, positive people the course of the year.

Headmaster, Mr S White, thanked the staff volunteers who give up their time in order to support the programme, and praised it as valuable and influential in many young people’s lives at the school and beyond.

The next round of applications for the Bronze Award at Egglescliffe will open to current year 8 students after Easter 2019.

For more information about the DofE Award, please visit dofe.org

If you'd like more information about DofE at Egglescliffe School, please contact Miss S Ghost.

A selection of images from the Bronze Award Celebration Event can be found here.