The Duke of Edinburgh Award (D of E) has been popular at Oxford High School for many years. The Award is an extremely worthwhile scheme which offers girls the opportunity both to develop existing interests and acquire new skills, it also helps girls develop leadership, resilience and independence.
The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme is split into different levels (Bronze, Silver and Gold), becoming more challenging as the girls get older. Each requires regular commitments towards three sections: volunteering, physical and skills, as well as the expedition section of the Award. At Gold level there is also a residential requirement to the Award.
Bronze and Silver expeditions are run by the School for participating girls, those working towards their Gold Award will organise expeditions themselves, with assistance where appropriate. The school expeditions are very enjoyable, but with a degree of challenge, these are run by a very experience Approved Activity Provider Zest for Adventure. The girls are given appropriate training to equip them with the skills necessary to complete the expeditions successfully. The first walk is fully accompanied by an instructor or member of OHS staff. On the practice and assessment expeditions the girls will walk in groups working together as a team. They will carry all that they need for the expedition in their rucksacks and navigate their way around a pre-planned route each taking their turn to lead the team.
The Bronze Award is started in Year 9 and the Silver Award in Year 10, girls can start the Gold Award on their sixteenth birthday. Undertaking the Duke of Edinburgh Award is challenging and requires a significant commitment but it builds confidence, is incredibly rewarding and gives girls skills that will serve them for many years.