Duke of Edinburgh was introduced to the Academy to make sure that the pupils have an opportunity to challenge themselves mentally and physically in a safe environment.
The DofE programme is a real adventure. The students achieve an Award by completing a personal programme of activities in four sections.
Volunteering: Aim •To inspire young people to make a difference within their communities or to an individual’s life and develop compassion by giving service to others.
Students have undertaken work with the National Trust and work at the Cafe at Central Bedfordshire College.
Physical: Aim •To inspire young people to achieve greater physical fitness and a healthy lifestyle through participation and improvement in physical activity.
Students have taken part in a variety of physical skills including swimming, badminton and the gym.
Skills: Aim •To inspire young people to develop practical and social skills and personal interests.
We have focussed here in working with the ‘Young Enterprise - Team Programme’ which is designed to aid young people’s transition from education into independent living and employment by developing life skills through working as a team to set up and run a business.
Expedition: Aim •To inspire young people to develop initiative and a sense of adventure and discovery, by planning, training for and completing an adventurous journey as part of a team.
Students take part in a 2 day one night expedition for Bronze and a 3 day 2 night expedition for Silver. The students plan a route, take part in a practice expedition and then carry out the actual expedition where they are assessed by independent assessors.
At Weatherfield we have used the local National Trust Dunstable Downs in our routes and have spent the night at Chute Farm where we stayed on our self-contained camp site.