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Denbigh becomes Directly Licensed Centre for Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

12 March 2015

Staff and students have been celebrating after receiving the license to deliver Duke of Edinburgh’s Award programmes.

Having the license will make it easier for students to participate in the Award, opening up more opportunities for them to undertake activities that will help to develop new skills and confidence.

A Duke of Edinburgh's Award (DofE) is recognition of a young person’s successful journey of self-discovery and development, and is valued highly by employers and universities alike for the qualities young people have who've achieved a DofE Award. There are three progressive levels of DofE programmes which, when successfully completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award.

To undertake the award students must complete a programme of activities in four or five sections that involve helping the community/environment, becoming fitter, developing new skills, planning, training for and completing an expedition and, for Gold only, working with a team on a residential activity.

Denbigh has been participating in the DofE Award for about 5 years and so far students have participated in Bronze and Silver Duke of Edinburgh expeditions. Now that we are a fully licensed centre we can deliver DofE programmes without the local authorities help.

Staff visited St James’s Palace to receive the DofE licence. On receiving the license Denbigh’s Specialist Leader for PE and Sport and DofE Manager, Andy Smith, said;

“Visiting St James‘s Palace to collect the award on behalf of the school was an honour and recognises all the hard work that the pupils and staff do to make the DofE expeditions a great success for the pupils of Denbigh High School.”