John Ellis, Philip Holloway and Callum Street are the latest Derby Grammar School pupils to achieve Gold in The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme is a firm part of the curriculum at the School, where all Year 9 pupils take their Bronze Award. Many go on to complete their Silver and Gold Awards.
John, Philip and Callum undertook their Gold Award whilst at Derby Grammar School. All have now completed their academic studies with us, moving on to universities across England, and are waiting to be presented with their Gold awards in London later this year.
For the Bronze Award, participants complete four sections – developing a skill, focusing on health and fitness in the physical section, making a difference to others in the volunteering section, and undertaking an expedition which covers 30km over two days, with one overnight camp.
Our latest Bronze pupils have completed their expedition training and recently undertook their first practice expedition. The assessed expedition takes place in July.
Year 9 pupil, James, said: “I’m very excited about the expedition. I feel it will be challenging but great for teambuilding skills.”
Sam added: ““I am volunteering to coach younger children aged 7 and 8 at my swimming club. I’ve been a member of the club for many years, so it’s nice to give something back”
Senior Master, Paul Hilliam, co-ordinates the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme at the School. He says: “We have run the Scheme from shortly after the School opened in 1995. Just this academic year alone we have already had 27 pupils complete their Bronze award, seven complete Silver and four complete Gold, with more in the pipeline.”
Our most recent Award winners were presented with their certificates by Sir Nigel Rudd, patron of Derby Grammar School.