Over a number of years, St. Mary’s has provided opportunities for students to obtain The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award at Bronze, Silver and Gold levels. Through the scheme, students develop skills and confidence recognised by employers, colleges and universities - the awards are also great fun.
At the Bronze award level we saw a record take-up this year. 60 Year 9 students took part. Our two day Qualifying Expedition was based around Herd Farm centre at Eccup reservoir.
Our Silver Duke of Edinburgh Practice Expedition consisted of 24 Year 10 students that have taken part in the three-day expedition, walking from Bolton Bridge back to Menston. The Silver Qualifying Expedition took place at the beginning of June.
The Gold Duke of Edinburgh Practice Expedition takes place over four days in the Yorkshire Dales in the last but one week of the summer term. 9 participants are taking part this year.
This year also saw a record number of completions. All four sections of the award at Bronze and Silver levels and five sections at Gold level need to be completed before a certificate and badge can be issued. This year saw 26 Bronze completions, 4 Silver and 6 Gold. The Gold Award participants receive an invitation to Buckingham Palace to receive their award if they so wish.