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The Duke of Edinburgh Award

Equipping young people for life and work.


Not all learning happens in the classroom. Young people need experiences outside the classroom to become committed, responsible and fulfilled citizens of the world.


The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is the world’s leading youth achievement award and is available to all Emmaus School students in Year 9-11. It equips young people for life regardless of their background, culture, physical ability, skills and interests. Doing the Award is a personal challenge and not a competition against others; it pushes young people to their personal limits and recognises their achievements.

Since its launch over 60 years ago, the Award has inspired millions of young people to transform their lives. Through non-formal education, the Award can play a critical role in a young person’s personal development and is achievable to any Year 9+ student who wants to take up the challenge.


The Award is comprised of three levels and four sections (Skills, Service, Physical Recreation & Adventurous Journey). Participants complete all four sections at each level in order to achieve their Award. At Gold level, participants also complete a Residential Project.

Since, 2013, Emmaus School has successfully led students through their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award, under the guidance of Wiltshire Council.


We are also able to lead participants through their Silver Award (Year 10+), however to complete their ‘Adventurous Journey’, children will need to use an Approved Activity Provider.

In 2017, Emmaus School were honoured to become a Duke of Edinburgh Award, Directly Licensed Centre, which enables the school to manage all elements of the award and subsequently we recruited a team of experienced and fully trained staff/volunteers to help lead our students through their award.



Manager/Leader/Expedition Supervisor:

Mrs E O’Gorman (Coastal and Countryside Walking Leader)



Mr G Richardson



Mrs L Young


“From cycling the Wiltshire countryside, to gaining a black belt in Taekwondo; from volunteering at a farm, to helping at the library; from taking some incredible photographic shots, to learning Morse-Code; from broken tents, to forest adventures, our students have done it all! This award truly enriches the lives of the students who participate in it. It is truly a privilege to guide our students through such an excellent opportunity to grow and develop. ” Mrs E O’Gorman (DofE Manager)

DOE Participant Information

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