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Nottingham Academy

Duke of Edinburgh Awards

Duke of Edinburgh


The Nottingham Academy offers pupils from year 10 onwards the opportunity to participate in the prestigious Duke of Edinburgh Award Programmes. There are three progressive levels of DofE programmes which, when successfully completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award. The Bronze programme is offered to pupils in year 10 who can then progress onto their Silver Award in year 11 and the Gold Award in the Sixth Form.

Pupils achieving their Gold Award are invited to either Buckingham Palace or St James Palace to receive their award.

To achieve each Award pupils must complete a programme of activities in four or five sections that involve helping the community/environment, becoming fitter, developing new skills, planning, training for and completing an expedition and, for Gold only, working with a team on a residential activity.  Pupils keep track of the progress on the electronic system available through the Duke of Edinburgh web-site

2010 pupils receiving their Skills section certificates following a retail course at the Victoria Centre, Nottingham

The Duke of Edinburgh scheme at the Nottingham Academy has proved extremely popular with pupils and has over 50 pupils registered to take part in the Bronze Award every year.

The Duke of Edinburgh Awards are renowned by employers and universities alike for the qualities available to young people outside of their academic studies.

2012 - 2013 Participants

There are 90 pupils registered to take part in the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh programme.

Pupils must choose and participate in activities in the skills, volunteering and physical sections to be eligible to take part in the expedition courses to be held at the Outward Bound centres in the Spring Term.

Information and resources:

Expedition Information

Pupils from the Nottingham Academy complete their expedition at an Outward Bound Centre in either Wales or the Lake District. At the centres the expedition groups are trained by qualified Mountain Leaders and are able to borrow all of the outdoor equipment they need for their journey in the hills.

Further information and resources:

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                                    Bronze group expeditions in Snowdonia, Wales


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                                      Silver Group expeditions to the Lake District

Awards Presentations

Eighteen pupils who successfully completed Duke of Edinburgh Awards were invited to the a presentation evening held at Trinity School last November.

Pictured below are two pupils collecting their awards with Bryony Balen (the youngest Briton to reach the South Pole) and Debbie Felstead, Operations Officer from DofE Central Region.

The next presentation for pupils achieving their DofE Awards will be held at Notts County Football Ground on 23 February. Pupils will be invited onto the pitch at half term to receive their awards.