The Duke of Edinburgh Award flourishes at Leweston with approximately 30% of the eligible girls in the school taking part (Year 9 and above).

The Duke of Edinburgh Award challenges its participants to discover hidden talents, cultivate new skills and develop a confidence and view on life that everyone is looking for, including universities and employers. Participants also make a difference to other people’s lives, and their local community.

At Bronze level the award comprises four sections; skill, volunteering, physical and expedition. Girls are expected to serve others, acquire new practical skills, develop physical recreation interests and experience the adventure of expeditions.  Girls can enrol in Bronze from Year 9.

At Silver level the award comprises 4 sections, volunteering, physical, skills and expedition. Girls complete at least 6 months volunteering and a minimum of 6 months on either Physical or Skills and 3 months on the other. The Expedition section involves planning, training for and doing a 3 day (2 night) expedition.  Girls can enrol in Bronze from Year 10.

At Gold level the award comprises five sections: skill, volunteering, physical, expedition and residential. For the volunteering sections girls are able to assist with community service or become involved in charity fundraising activities at school although many find alternative volunteering opportunities away from school.  Girls can enrol for Gold as soon as they reach 16 in Year 12.

In recent years Leweston’s Gold Duke of Edinburgh candidates have completed the expedition section of their award in Peru, South Africa and Morocco. A video of the summer 2014 expedition to Peru, made by one of the girls who went on the trip, can be seen below.  

For more information please contact the Duke of Edinburgh Coordinator, Claire Godman-Dorington on: GDClaire@leweston.dorset.sch.uk