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Duke of Edinburgh Awards

The Academy is delighted to have been awarded the Duke of Edinburgh (D of E) Operating Authority Licence again. We now have pupils undertaking Bronze (in Year 10), Silver (in Year 11) and Gold (in the Sixth Form).

Following an initial interactive ICT training session, pupils use our online platform through the D of E website to update their profiles with evidence of progression. Each pupil has their own D of E Leader who guides them through the process of achieving their Award. D of E pupils actively participate in…

• Volunteering in the community

• Physical sporting activities

• Learning new skills which will help them develop as individuals

• An expedition which takes place in Epping Forest and the Brecon Beacons

SMMA students on a Duke of Edinburgh Award

By doing your Duke of Edinburgh Awards, you’re in for an amazing adventure and masses of fun as you take part in a range of activities, all leading to the achievement of an Award that’s recognised by universities and employers alike.

Why do your D of E?

Good question! From the first day to the last it’s a real adventure. Every section gives you something different – that’s the fun of it! You’ll enjoy loads of new experiences, discover talents you never thought you had, challenge yourself and meet people just like you and completely different to you. Plus you’ll do things you love and get a kick out of. It’s a real buzz!

Then there’s all the other stuff

• Achieving an award will give you skills, confidence and a view on life that everyone is looking for, from employers to universities.

• You’re getting recognised for doing things you want to do (and may even be doing already).

• You’ll make a difference to other people’s lives and your community, be fitter and healthier, make new friends and have memories to last you a lifetime.

And above all, it’s great fun – the question should really be why you wouldn’t bother! Doing your D of E really does give you skills for life and work. 

For more information on the D of E at the Academy, please contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).