Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme

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The Duke of Edinburgh Award (DofE) is the world’s leading youth achievement award, giving millions of 14 – 24 year olds the opportunity to develop work-ready skills, and increase employment opportunities by gaining skills to add to their CV.

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DofE Gold

2016-17 was another successful year for the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme with a record number of pupils enrolled and the highest number of pupils completing the award scheme. The expedition season ended with 2 expeditions involving 20 Year 13 pupils. They had to cover “wild country” regions which included the Cumbria Range and the Dark Peak District. Both expeditions provided very different challenges to the candidates. The Lake District required the candidates to walk from Grasmere to Kendall covering 42 hours of walking in the hottest temperatures that we have experienced. The candidates had to conserve water and use their rations wisely to get to the campsite safely each evening. The Dark Peak District, with very few obvious marker points and in very remote locations, required them all to use navigational skills and compass work to a very high standard. The skills of all the candidates throughout the 2 expeditions were exceptional. When they took their assessment the assessor stated that the “candidates were very well prepared and showed a high degree of preparation throughout their expeditions”. Both expeditions took place within a 6 week time frame, which allowed very little time for recovery between expeditions. They had to walk for a total of 8 days, covering over 110 miles in total. The candidates still have other elements to complete such as Skill, Volunteering, Physical Participation and a 4 day residential activity to fully achieve their award.

The Duke of Edinburgh Gold Awards ceremony

In May 2017 Miss Doherty and I (Mr Kinsella) had the honour of attending Buckingham Palace for the presentations of The Duke of Edinburgh Gold Awards ceremony.  Holy Family had 2 candidates representing the school, Michael Smith and Beth Williams.

At the palace we mingled with a large number of celebrities and of course The Duke of Edinburgh along with The Earl and Countess of Wessex. 

There were 16 groups of candidates from all over the country and we were in the North West Merseyside Group.  Our Celebrity for a while was Una Healy (from The Saturdays).

The Duke of Edinburgh chatted with the candidates and their parents were on hand to observe the celebration.

Both Michael and Beth had a fantastic day.  I chatted to both parents and they were very proud of their achievements and pass on their thanks to the school for helping them get this far.

Mr M. Kinsella (DoE Co-ordinator)

All the celebs     Beth Michael

    MKi ED        Una Healy from The Saturdays

Click on the links below to see the various expeditions


Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award Assessment - 4th-5th May 2018

Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award Practice - 20th-21st April 2018


Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award Practice - 16th -19th July 2017

Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award Expedition - 7th -9th July 2017

Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award Practice - 24th - 26th June 2017

National 3 Peaks Challenge - Friday 8th July 2016


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