Duke of Edinburgh Award
The Duke of Edinburgh Award is a fantastic opportunity for our students to experience a challenge unlike any other. Students enrolled on the award should become more organised, resilient, adaptable problem solvers and effective team leaders. Confidence and career prospects improve as companies and universities highly value all three levels of DofE awards – Bronze, Silver and Gold. With increasing levels of challenge at every stage there is no point where DofE is not a life changing but fun experience.
Students in Year 9 have the chance to begin their award at the bronze level and they can continue this in year 10 with Silver and develop further in 6th form by working towards their Gold award.
The work on their physical, skill and volunteering sections is completed in period 6 where they receive guidance from Academy staff and go on various weekend expeditions where they learn the skills they need to complete their assessed expedition in the Worcestershire or Shropshire countryside. Students enjoy developing a wide range of skills during the expedition but also benefit greatly from all aspects of the award by learning a new skill, giving back to their community and being physically fitter.
Combined Cadets Force
The academy supports students taking part in live changing educational visits and expeditions. Every year from 2014 year 10 students have the opportunity to go to Europe to visit Northern Italy. There is also an America trip every three years and a European ski trip every few years. On top of these international trips (and others) , the academy runs a wide range of UK based trips, both day trips and residentials. Every year, parents are given an updated list of all the trips available. Please be aware that the trips on this list are subject to change.