The Morley Academy is now into its second year of offering and delivering the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award (DofE). The Duke of Edinburgh Award is an internationally recognised and acclaimed qualification which gives students opportunities to:
- Develop valuable transferable skills which will help to equip students for life outside of the academy
- Reflect upon their values
- Develop teamwork and leadership skills
- Enhance their level of independence
Through active participation in the DofE, we aim to empower students to become active citizens and positive role models in the 21st Century. The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme is a programme of practical, cultural and adventurous activities designed to aid the development of young people, participants may enrol onto the Award after their fourteenth birthday. At the academy, the DofE has proved hugely popular with over 40 students participating and graduating in 2016-17, increasing to over 80 students who are signed up to complete the award in 2017/18.
The successful completion of the Bronze Award will see each participant spending at least three months engaging in the following activities:
- Volunteering in the local community
- Pursuing a skill or hobby
- Taking part in physical recreation
Students are also required to plan, train for and complete a self-sufficient walking expedition. This section is perhaps the most demanding and involves practical training to ensure that each student has the physical and mental aptitude to complete the expedition. The Morley Academy is fortunate to have several DofE qualified members of staff who, together with the specialist knowledge of our contacts at Duke of Edinburgh, will give students maximum support to get them through their Award.
By participating in the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme, students will gain self-belief and confidence. During the expedition they will be expected to work as part of a team where they form new relationships and gain an awareness of their own strengths and weaknesses and how to work with others to complete tasks successfully. Aside from that, The Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award is the equivalent to a GCSE and is looked upon favourably by prospective colleges, universities and employers.