The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme June 2016

St. Mary’s have, for a number of years, run training and expeditions for the Bronze, Silver and Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award levels.  

Photo: LEFT TO RIGHT: Mr Beardsley, Ryanna Wowk, Sydney Mowbray, Mackenzie Flint, Mrs S Keinhorst, Ben Clarke, Tom Styles


The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is recognised by universities and employers alike as the mark of a young person who is prepared to make a commitment and ‘go the extra mile’ to achieve their goals.  A Gold Award opens doors to new jobs, cements life-long friendships, broadens interests and stretches horizons.  

Headteacher, Mr Darren Beardsley was recently invited to Buckingham Palace to celebrate the Duke of Edinburgh Award Diamond Anniversary.  Mr Beardsley was presented with a plaque to recognise the school’s commitment to providing the opportunity to participate in Duke of Edinburgh activities.  The event was attended by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, TRHs The Earl and Countess of Essex and other Duke of Edinburgh Trustees, as well as 1,000 Gold Award holders.  



“The Duke of Edinburgh Award enables our students to develop a wide range of skills and also provides a service to the local community.  I would like to thank the students for the way that they embrace the opportunities that the Award provides, but also thank the staff who give up an incredible amount of time to support the students.”
— Mr Darren Beardsley, Headteacher

The St. Mary’s Silver Qualifying Expedition took place recently.  Supervised by staff member Mrs S Keinhorst, 24 students took part in a three day expedition, starting in Settle and ending in Burnsall.

Four Sixth Form students will take part in the Gold Practice Expedition in July.  Overseen by Mr S Lancaster, the group will walk from Kettlewell to Barningham over four days.