Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is the leading achievement award for young people and helps them stand out from the crowd when applying for jobs, apprenticeships and further and higher education. Through participating in the award, young people develop a range of skills and attributes such as resilience, confidence, commitment, empathy, team working and problem solving, which support them in navigating adult life. At The Knights Templar School, we welcome the focus and motivation that participation in the award gives to extra-curricular activities and the opportunity for students to engage with the wider community. As part of the scheme, KTS students undertake volunteering with local charities and community organisations, including charity shops, sport clubs, Girlguiding and Scouting and many more.
The Knights Templar School has a long history of involvement with students taking part in the Award for over 40 years. We are a Directly Licensed organisation for the scheme, working closely with the South East Regional Team to support students to complete their Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards.
Students have the opportunity to start the Bronze level at the start of Year 9 and progress to the Silver level in Year 10. The Gold Award is a popular enrichment choice for Year 12 students. At any time, we have over 200 students taking part in the different levels of the award, and we are proud that the completion rates for each level are very high.
There are four sections to complete at Bronze and Silver level and five at Gold. They involve helping the community/environment, becoming fitter, developing new skills, and completing an expedition. At Gold level, there is an additional section involving working with a team on a residential activity.
KTS Duke of Edinburgh’ Award Expeditions
We are fortunate to have a large team of volunteers, mainly parents and former students, supporting the delivery of expeditions, meaning that we are able to keep costs of participation as low as possible. Expedition team members all have experience in hillwalking with several holding National Governing Body Awards in mountain and hill leadership. Expedition team members take part in regular training, including first aid, minibus driving and DofE specific courses.
Students take part in an expedition training programme, including a practice expedition, appropriate to their award level, before undertaking a qualifying expedition. Expeditions take place to a variety of locations, both locally and further afield, including the Norfolk coast, Yorkshire Dales, Peak District and Snowdonia. We have a well-equipped equipment store with enough tents, rucksacks and camping stoves to supply all students on an expedition.
We are always interested in hearing from potential new volunteers, particularly with experience in outdoor activities such as hillwalking. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact our Award Coordinator, Mrs Hammond-Ward by clicking here.
Find Out More
To keep up to date with our Duke of Edinburgh's Award activities and notices, follow our Twitter feed @KTSDofE.
More information about the Award is available on the official Duke of Edinbugh's Award website.
Useful links for students
Kit List for Gold Award (opens as a PDF)