With its idyllic rural location in the south Shropshire hills and surrounded by a declared Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Bedstone has developed a great reputation for outdoor pursuits. Most students undertake the Duke of Edinburgh’s Bronze Award in the fourth form (Y10) and the hardier among them follow that up with the Gold Award in sixth form.
What is the Duke of Edinburgh Award?
The DofE award is a programme which involves real adventure from beginning to end. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you’re from! The DofE programme consists of three levels, which when completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
You achieve your award by completing a personal programme of activities in four sections (five if you’re going for Gold). These consist of volunteering, physical, skills, expedition and, for Gold, a residential. During the award you’ll find yourself helping people or the community, getting fitter, developing skills, bonding with your classmates, learning about leadership, going on an expedition and, of course, having loads of fun.
Why do your DofE?
Because, 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 and challenge yourself. When you have achieved a Gold award It is a wonderful addition to your CV and is well respected by universities and employers alike.