Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is the world's leading achievement award for young people is a very popular co-curricular activity at Wellington.

Our pupils join the millions of young people from every possible background around the world taking part in the Award programme. As well as developing skills such as decision making, team work and resilience, the programme also provides Wellingtonians with the opportunity to prove to themselves that they can succeed at a serious challenge.

As with so much at Wellington, pupils manage their own Award independently through which they develop an understanding of themselves, others and the environment through the four activity sections:

  • Volunteering — we ask participants to use their skills and experience to help the local community.
  • Physical — we encourage participants to get involved, have fun and get fitter through sport.
  • Skills – developing a skill helps participants get better at something in which they are truly interested.
  • Expedition – for many the expedition section holds the biggest challenges, which come in different forms, from enduring pouring rain on Knoydart to organising their group in planning what food they will take. This taste of the outdoors will develop an appreciation and love of the natural world which we hope many participants will take with them into adult life.  The Duke of Edinburgh expedition’s process is designed to enable pupils to undertake an unaccompanied journey in ‘wild country’ at assessment.

Many pupils start the Silver level award in Fifth Form and the Gold level, which can be undertaken in the Sixth Form at Wellington, represents the highest Award. This includes the additional challenge whereby pupils must undertake a shared activity in a residential setting for five days and four nights.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is highly regarded by universities and in a recent survey of British employers was seen as the most valuable co-curricular activity in schools. At Wellington College we aim to provide participants with a memorable story of adventure and challenge.