St Albans School Has Record Year In Duke Of Edinburgh Awards
More than 20 pupils from St Albans School recently achieved Gold in the Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) Awards - more than any other school in the region - with Headmaster Andrew Grant (pictured) joining the boys to receive their awards from the Earl of Wessex at St James's Palace.
To achieve a Gold Level DofE Award, participants are obliged to complete a number of acitivities including: an expedition; a service (for example helping the elderly with their chores); a skill (such as learning to drive or to play a musical instrument); a physical activity (eg sport); and a residential group activity, where a week long task has to be completed away from home.
The St Albans pupils, all from Years 12 and 13, train for their Award at Pen Arthur - St Albans School’s own Field Studies Centre in the Brecon Beacons - and The Dolomites in Italy where they complete the expedition element of the award.
Andy Ford, DofE Manager, says that the record number of boys achieving the Award is testament to the dedication from everyone involved: “For a record number of boys to be achieving Gold is an excellent achievement,” he says. “DofE has to be completed in addition to their academic workload, so it takes a significant amount of their spare time and energy to complete.
“With UCAS entry becoming increasingly challenging, and the job market tougher than ever before, completing DofE Gold shows a level of commitment and ability that not only looks good on paper, but will also stand them in good stead for the future.”