Cheney School

Cheney School

Duke of Edinburgh Awards

As a school we are committed to creating well rounded young people that will leave school with skills for life. The Duke of Edinburgh Award is an extra-curricular or extended curriculum programme that students can take part in to develop independence, teamwork and leadership. The Award requires commitment, determination and hard work.  

The Duke of Edinburgh Award at Cheney School is run by a small committee of school staff members that volunteer their time to support our students.

Participants commit to three strands for an hour each week spread over a period of 3, 6, 9 or 12 months.

These main strains are:

  • Volunteering: students undertake volunteer work in their own time

  • Physical: students complete this through extracurricular sport in school or outside of school

  • Skills: students choose a hobby or activity for example playing a musical instrument

These strands are individual and allow students to tailor the award to their own interests. The focus is on making progress and developing this over time. 

If students are going for their Gold Award, they need to complete an additional Residential section. This tests the skills they have learnt to date, including navigation, cooking and camp-craft.

BRONZE award

In Year 9 we offer the Bronze award to students who will need to complete a two-day training weekend as well as an additional weekend for their qualifying.

 Unfortunately, we won’t be able to offer the Silver award this academic year (2017/2018).

Gold award

The Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award is part of the School’s Sixth Form Extended Curriculum. We run the Gold award expedition each year in the Brecon Beacons, preparing and training Year 12 students.

Students are required to complete the same sections as Bronze and Silver, but for a longer period of between 12 and 18 months, depending on whether students are direct entrants to the Gold Award. They are also required to undertake two 4-day residential expeditions where they stay away from home for 5 days and 4 nights and volunteer time to a charity or to outdoor education companies. At the end of the academic year, the Gold teams then undertake the challenging qualifier in the Brecon Beacons, which involves climbing the highest peak in south Wales, Pen y Fan. 

The expedition is perhaps the most challenging aspect of the award. Students need to prepare and plan for their venture as well as coping with the physical and emotional challenges in the field. All the equipment for the expedition is provided by the school; a rental fee will be charged for each item needed.

If you have any questions regarding the award or would like more information please contact our Duke of Edinburgh award leader Ms Basterfield: or look at the national website

Fundraising ideas:

  • Bag packing at Supermarkets during busy periods
  • Team marathon (a team of 13 running 2 miles each)
  • Car washing
  • Cake sales at school and/or community events
  • Sponsored silence/walk/cycle/instagram ban
  • Organised events such as comedy night/music night