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The Duke of Edinburgh Award

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Bangor Academy and Sixth Form College offers our Year 10, 11, 12, 13, and Year 14 pupils the opportunity to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh Award. 

This universally recognised award is considered one of the best for the personal development of young people.  It is non competitive and challenging programme available to all pupils, which offers a progression of growth and personal challenge through different levels. 

Each level allows pupils to explore new environments and sharpen their ability to create, manage and complete personal projects. Such achievements are widely recognised in education and employment.

Around 75 pupils have participated in the Duke of Edinburgh Award in the last school year.  We have a dedicated team of qualified and experienced staff, to help support our pupils in the progression of the award.  Mr G Robinson is the Award lead co-ordinator in the school and is a qualified assessor for the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Programme Structure

There are three separate, progressive levels of programmes, which lead to a Bronze, Silver, or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.  The main differences between them are the minimum length of time required to complete them, the degree of challenge and the minimum age at which the pupils can start.

The award is spilt into four sections, each of which pupils must satisfactorily complete:  These sections are:

  • Volunteering: pupils undertake service to individuals or the community.  Our pupils have fundraised for local charities such as Mourne Mountain Rescue, War on Want, Make a Wish and other local charity groups. At Silver/Gold level pupils undertake their own volunteering initiatives within the local community by becoming a Youth leader, Caring for the Elderly, Working with the Assisi animal care trust.
  • Physical: pupils improve in an area of sport, dance, or fitness activities.  Pupils have the opportunities to expand their level of physical activity and take part in various school sporting clubs, such as the Running Club, Hockey Club, Gym Club, Dance Classes, all activities that take place after school.
  • Skills: pupils develop practical and social skills and personal interests.  Pupils work to expand their knowledge and experience in Multimedia, Music, Handcrafts, Woodwork  by undertaking personal or group project work that they would be involved in from the
  • Expedition: pupils plan, and train for completion of an adventurous journey in the UK or abroad.  Our pupils arrange their expeditions to local areas of interest such as the Mourne Mountains and Donegal.
  • At Gold level, pupils must do an additional fifth Residential section, which involves staying and working away from home doing a shared activity.  Pupils at Bangor Academy have travelled as far away as Africa and Romania as part of their Gold Award residential section.