The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme seeks to challenge young people to try new activities and integrate with their local communities. Its programme of activities provides a structured pattern for personal and social development. The Award has three levels:
- Bronze - Minimum age for entry is 14 years old. Pupils may register for the Award in the summer term of Year 9 (LR) and expedition training takes place every Tuesday evening throughout Year 10 (UR)
- Silver - Minimum age for entry is 15 years old. Pupils may register on completion of the Bronze Award and expedition training takes place most Tuesday evenings during Year 11 (Fifth Form)
- Gold - Minimum age for entry is 16 years old. Pupils may register for the Award on completion of the Silver Award or at the start of the autumn term in Year 12 (Lower Sixth)
At each level there are four Sections:
- Volunteering- to encourage service to individuals and the community. Activities ranging from First Aid to Home Accident prevention have been followed in this section.
- Skills - to encourage the discovery and development of personal interests and social and practical skills. The activities undertaken by King's pupils in this section have been many and varied. Astronomy, chess, cookery, drama, fishing and playing a musical instrument are just a few of the activities.
- Physical - to encourage participation and improvement in physical activity. The most common activities in this section are team sports but many other activities are available.
- Expedition - to encourage a spirit of adventure and discovery. Our expeditions are usually completed on foot and in recent years we have visited the Peak District at Bronze level, the Yorkshire Dales at Silver and the Lake District for the Gold Award.
There is an additional requirement at Gold level:
- Residential Project - to broaden experience through involvement with others in a residential setting. Conservation work in many areas has been undertaken by King's pupils for this section.