Wyvern Academy delivers The Duke of Edinburgh Award. It is a prestigious award which has been running since 1956. The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme challenges young people aged 14 to 25 throughout the world to serve others, acquire new skills, experience adventure and make new friends. As well as after school skills sessions, participants must also complete many elements in their own time. Commitment is vital. The award adds purpose and pleasure to a young person’s life and their achievements are widely recognised in education and employment. Students participating in DofE can expect to gain valuable experience of working with others both through voluntary work and through teamwork. Students can build their self-confidence by setting and then working towards the goals they set themselves. They will also get to push their boundaries, go exploring, discover new things about the world around them, and hopefully also discover something new about themselves.
The award is split into four sections, each of which participants must satisfactorily complete. The sections are:
Volunteering: Participants choose from commitments such as: first aid, child care, conservation, lifesaving award leadership, community sports leadership award, and fundraising
Physical Recreation: The award is based on individual improvement and achievement. Participants set a measureable goal to achieve during a 3 or 6 month period.
Skills: Participants can choose from many leisure time activities. They must show progress and perseverance
Expedition: Participants plan, train for and then undertake a journey in the countryside. The qualifying expedition is undertaken in small teams, normally unaccompanied, though supervised and assessed by adults. Each year, one of the gold assessments takes place in the Brecon Beacons in Wales, a remote and beautiful area.