Duke of Edinburgh Challenge

Throughout this challenging year the Bronze, Silver and Gold Duke of Edinburgh students have demonstrated excellent dedication and commitment to the award. Each student has given up their own time to complete the three sections of the award– volunteering, physical and skills. They have each made a valuable contribution to the local community, broadened their own experiences, and learnt new skills. Here are just a few examples of the fantastic work which has been completed- litter picking in the local area, becoming a pen pal for terminally ill children, helping younger siblings with home learning, learning a new language including sign language, improving personal fitness by completing the couch to 5k app, creating recipe books and learning bike maintenance.

The bronze students were able to complete both their practise and qualifying expedition this year, albeit without the camping element. They were very unfortunate with the weather but showed fantastic team spirit and perseverance to keep going throughout the torrential rain! Our Silver students were able to camp on their expedition and recreated some year 7 camp memories as they completed their practice expedition from Cranham! Their qualifying expedition has unfortunately had to be postponed until the beginning of September. These teams have been particularly well organised and showed great navigational skills throughout their practise expedition. We wish our gold students all the best for their upcoming 5-day expedition!

We hope to see the DofE award continue to thrive with new students taking on the challenge.


The Dorcan Academy
St. Paul’s Drive
Covingham, Swindon
Wiltshire SN3 5DA
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Email: enquiries@dorcan.co.uk
The Dorcan Academy is a charitable company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales under company number 07831414. The registered office is St. Paul’s Drive, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN3 5DA.