Duke Of Edinburgh’s Award

The Duke of Edinburgh Award is a leading youth charity that gives pupils a chance to develop skills for work and life and offers pupils a brighter future.

We are introducing the Duke of Edinburgh Award programme in January 2013. It is a challenging, lively, fun means of accrediting many of the skills that are part of every day life here at Westfield, where our school mission statement ‘Broadening Horizons ‘ is implicit in everything we do.

Students can take part in the programme from year 9 upwards. An Award is achieved by completing a personal programme of activities in four sections (five for the Gold Award):

  • Volunteering
  • Physical
  • Skills
  • Expedition

Westfield has taken part in the Jubilee Challenge on Dartmoor for 4 years now. The Jubilee Challenge is an annual one day event on Dartmoor which allows teenagers with special physical or educational needs to experience the pressures, weather and physical endurance needed to cope with activities on Dartmoor. Many of our pupils have had to learn how to cope with sleeping in a tent, working with others, taking responsibility for themselves and other team members as well as getting physically fit enough to take part in the event. Numbers are limited for the challenge, which has become popular with many of our pupils, thus we are starting to put pupils through the Duke of Edinburgh Award so that as many pupils as possible can feel the sense of achievement felt by those who are already thriving on their success.