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Duke of Edinburgh's Award

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) is a non-competitive, internationally recognized program designed to encourage young people to develop positive skills and lifestyle habits.  To enrich the education offered, we have introduced the program to some of our students.

During the Spring term, students undertaking the award, practice the key skills they need when completing their expeditions in May and June.  Each week they practice putting up tents, packing them away, setting up roll mats and sleeping bags and cooking pasta on outdoor stoves.

The students also complete practice walks to Richmond Park where they follow photo maps and work as a team. At the end of the Spring term, students stay over at school, cooking their own dinner and camping in the hall. In the morning they pack up the tents and walk to Barnes Common. This programme is preparing the students for their overnight expedition to Dorking in June. The students will stay on a real camp site where they will be fully assessed for their Awards.

Students of Paddock School have had incredible DofE success, 20 students have successfully completed their Bronze Award with 7 students going on to complete their Silver Award.

We can announce 2023 has another group of 12 students enrolled to take on this personal challenge. 

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