From September 2019, Parkside School will be offering Year 9 students the opportunity to participate in the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award.

The Award is an adventure from beginning to end, with students enjoying many new experiences, discovering talents that they did not realise they had, challenging their potential, and standing out from the crowd. Many businesses and universities value the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and believe students who have completed it to be more rounded and employable individuals.

Students have until the age of 24 to complete the sections of the Bronze Award but our aim at Parkside will be for students to complete it by the beginning of Year 10.

The programme has 4 sections; Volunteering, Physical, Skills and Expedition. Students do a minimum of 3 months activity for each of the Volunteering, Physical and Skills sections, and plan, train for and undertake a 2-day Expedition. Students will then decide which section they would like to continue for a further three months.



The ‘Expedition’ section of the Award involves two separate weekends (Practice Expedition and an Assessed Expedition) where the students will walk for two days and camp for one night, proving that they can be self-sufficient. Both these weekends will be in the Peak District National Park and/or the surrounding area.

The Duke of Edinburgh award will be extra-curricular; students will be expected to spend some of their lunchtimes and after school hours undertaking training in camp craft and map navigation, to enable them to undertake the expedition. They will also need to be prepared to give up time for the volunteering, physical and skills sections.

Further information about the award can be found at

Or contact Mr Gould or Miss Smith.