Duke of Edinburgh
The Duke of Edinburgh Award is a non- competitive voluntary scheme open to all KGGS Students from the age of 14. It is a way to stretch individuals beyond their own expectations and broaden their horizons. Students undertake 4 sections: skill, service, physical recreation and expeditions. It is a highly valued extra-curricular activity at KGGS and large numbers of students gain awards each year at Bronze, Silver and Gold levels.
An information evening is held in March for Year 9 students interested in joining the scheme, starting in the September they enter Year 10 (provided they will have reached 14 years of age by this point). Anyone from Years 10 to 13 is welcome to attend this meeting. Students may join the scheme at any time during the year as long as they have reached the minimum age requirement for each level.
There is a registration fee paid initially to the school via WISEPAY which will be sent to Lincolnshire County Council – the operating authority with the registration forms. There is an annual registration fee rise each April. Details of current fee payable can be found on the Duke of Edinburgh Website. An information evening is held in February for Year 9 students interested in joining the scheme, Students will be enrolled onto the scheme and will begin training sessions before going on a Practice Expedition in the September they join Year 10. However anyone from years 10, 11 and Sixth form are welcome at this meeting. Students may join the scheme at any time during the year as long as they have reached the minimum age requirement for each level.
The D of E Award is a challenging programme of activities which will help you learn new skills, help others and experience adventures. Achievements are widely recognised in education and employment. The school supports the participant in many ways, for example through training and information sessions at lunchtimes with advice and encouragement to help you stay focused.
Once registered the student is added to the central database and at the start of Year 10 will make a start on their three levels. Training sessions for Year 9 students will be held in school at lunchtimes and there will be some compulsory after school training sessions for all new participants registered as they will embark on their Bronze Practice expedition early in Year 10. Each participant will receive a Welcome pack to keep track of their activities. Training sessions for Year 9 students will be held in school at lunchtimes for all new registered participants as they will embark on their Bronze Practice expedition early in Year 10. Students will know this date before the summer break so that they are well prepared.
All D of E paperwork is dealt with by the D of E Co-ordinator Mrs Clayton at school. She will monitor the progress through each section and will be available at lunchtimes for any queries. Training sessions for the requirements needed to go on an expedition are held 3 times a week at lunchtime. Days can change each term depending on the gym availability. All details can be found on the D of E Notice Board in the North Corridor in school.
Many teachers and parents of the school have contributed to the success of The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme by donating their time to supervise on expeditions. If you would like to become involved please contact Andrea Clayton for more information.