Duke of Edinburgh Award


Dear Parent/Carer,

Duke of Edinburgh Award ‐ Year 9 September 2020

I am pleased to inform you that Newline Learning is offering a number of Year 8 students the opportunity to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh Award when they return as Year 9s in September 2020.  The Duke of Edinburgh Award is an opportunity for our students to have a real adventure.  They will participate in a range of activities, that will take them beyond the classroom and will end with a weekend expedition away from home.

As part of Newline Learning Academy’s Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) team your child will be joining the world’s leading youth achievement award. The programme is designed to give young people the opportunity to be the very best that they can be by developing the skills and attitudes to become more rounded, confident adults. Qualities that colleges, universities and employers are attracted to.

Completion of the award requires commitment from participants not only to the activities but also to complete on-going training. Training will take place during a number of Period One lessons as part of the students PSHEE programme. However, students will also be expected to complete four sections in their own time:  

  • Skill (learning a skill at least once a week)  
  • Physical (participating in a physical activity at least once a week) 
  • Volunteering (being involved in an activity that benefits others once a week)  
  • Expedition (completing a training and assessed 2 day hike with an overnight camp)    

The Skill, Physical and Volunteer sections must be completed once a week with two of these sections to be completed over three months and one over six months. In addition, students will take part in a practice and an assessed expedition in the summer of 2021.  

Participation in the DofE is not free to the school.  It costs £22 to register for the award.  There are also additional costs for transport and campsite fees for the practice and assessed expedition.   Students will also be expected to have personal walking and camping kit.  However, the good news is that Mr Murphy, has very kindly offered to pay for the students’ registration and put money towards the expedition.  This means that the school will pay for the Award, but only if the students complete the DofE programme. If a student drops out then they will need to pay for their registration.

Many of the students at Newline Learning have already expressed an interest and it is our hope to create a fun, active and encouraging learning environment which will stretch, challenge and equip those taking part.  

If your son/daughter is interested in taking part in the Award I would like to hear from you.  At the moment I am looking for an expression of interest and this will not be taken as a commitment.  Due to the current situation could you please email me expressing you interest. My email is: anash@newlinelearning.com.  Please note this is the only way to express your interest.  

Yours sincerely

Mr A. Nash

Duke of Edinburgh Award Manager, Newline Learning Academy.