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Duke of Edinburgh

The Duke of Edinburgh Award encourages young people to broaden their horizons by helping people or the community, getting fitter, developing skills and going on expeditions.  As a result pupils enjoy a wealth of new experiences, make new friends and form talents which will stay with them for the rest of their lives.  At Morrison’s Academy our pupils are actively encouraged to participate in the Award Scheme from S3 onwards. 

There are programmes at three levels which lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award.  At each level our pupils are encouraged to show commitment, dedication and determination in completing each of the four component parts of the Award - Skill, Volunteering, Physical and Expeditions.  A fifth Residential component is included at Gold level only.  Pupils are supported in their completion of the Award by our qualified staff although they take full responsibility for the organisation of the activities in which they will participate. 

For many, the major challenge of each Award is the Expedition.  In teams of up to eight people (depending on the activity undertaken), participants agree an aim for their expedition, plan a route based on the location chosen by our staff and receive training on camp craft and navigation. 

By completing the Duke of Edinburgh Award, our pupils are challenged both individually and as part of a team in a fun and supportive environment.  Furthermore, the Duke of Edinburgh Award is highly regarded by both universities and employers and prepares pupils for life beyond school.