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& Sixth Form College

    Duke of Edinburgh's Award

    Duke of Edinburgh award at Thirsk School and Sixth Form College

    Students at Thirsk School and Sixth Form College are offered to take part in The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme. This is available for students age 14-24 years old, it is offered to Year 10 (Bronze level), Year 11 (Silver level) and Sixth Form (Gold level). The award is non competitive, voluntary, and open to all. We have run this Award for many years at Thirsk School, and it continues to attract many students, with at least half those eligible in school taking part each year.

    The award fosters and develops key skills including teamwork, leadership, responsibility and independence.  It provides an enjoyable, challenging and rewarding personal development plan. Our students thrive as they become more self-reliant and their confidence grows through the activities they complete for Duke of Edinburgh. They become better timekeepers, more resilient, more aware of their strengths and have greater communication skills.

    In an increasingly competitive market for further studies and employment, Duke of Edinburgh's Awards are valuable assets held in high regard. Admission offices and employers are increasingly looking beyond academic acheivements, and having a Duke of Edinburgh Award demonstrates developing talents, determination and commitment.

    The Award consists of activities in four sections (five if you're going for Gold): Volunteering, Physical, Skills, Expedition and (for Gold) Residential. At Thirsk School and Sixth Form College, students accumulate hours for their Service, Skill and Physical through extra curricular clubs, our Sports programme, drama, music and often through independent interests of their own.

    The sections of the award are as follows :

    • Volunteering - Participants help less advantaged people in the local community.
    • Physical - This section gives participants the opportunity to develop in a physical activity of their choice.
    • Skills - Participants pursue a hobby, skill or interest.
    • Expedition - This section encourages participants to learn to use maps and to become self-sufficient whilst exploring the great outdoors. Participants must plan and execute a self-sufficient expedition with others. Strong team skills are essential. The school offers walking expeditions; 2 days at Bronze level, 3 and 4 days at Silver and Gold levels respectively.
    • Residential (Gold Only) - This section involves spending 5 days and 4 nights in a new environment. It can be an opportunity to focus on an activity already pursued in a previous section, such as a sailing or a music course, or to experience and learn a completely new skill or activity, such as cookery or an introduction to medicine.

    In addition, the programme at Thirsk School and Sixth Form College includes weekly sessions with dedicated members of staff. Students are supported in completing their activities and given comprehensive training to prepare for their expeditions. Sessions include introduction to Duke of Edinburgh, including use of online eDofE, campcraft, countryside code, map skills, first aid and planning and preparing for expedition. 

    For further information, please contact Mr G Pentland at Thirsk School and Sixth Form College, or visiting the Duke of Edinburgh's award website by clicking on the logo below.

    Please see the links at the bottom of the page for details of previous expeditions.

    A guide to recommended expedition kit for parents and students can be browsed below, also an expedition kit check list. 


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    2. Expedition_Kit_List