Duke of Edinburgh
The Duke of Edinburgh Award is run at all three levels at Brentwood County High School.
The Bronze D of E has been running since 2010 and with every year has grown in popularity. In 2013 sixty students took part and completed their expedition. The current cohort of Bronze DofE students is already at 50 with a greater number of Yr 9 students now wanting to get involved with the award early. The practice expedition is from Hanningfield Reservoir to Danbury Park, and the assessment is from Mill Green to Skreens Park. Students have to walk for two days and camp for one night. In order to complete this students are trained and taught how to effectively route plan, read and orientate a map, basic camp craft, effectively pack a rucksack, and how to put up and use a tent. Students need to work co-operatively in order to complete the challenge of the expedition as well as set themselves personal targets to achieve and a group aim. The club is run on Tuesday lunchtime in Room 301 with Mrs Smy as the Bronze DofE Leader.
The Silver D of E has been successfully delivered at Brentwood County High for four years. The recent Silver group completed their expedition this year with more than half of them going on to pursue Gold. The expedition for the Silver requires students to walk for three days and camp for two nights. Expeditions have been held in the North and South Downs as well as the Cotswolds. The skill level for expedition means that students have to be trained further in the effective use of a compass both on and off the map, understanding of how to take a bearing and how to transfer information. The Silver group is run on Wednesday Lunchtime in Room 206 with Mr Ackred as the Silver DofE Leader.
This is the third year that Gold D of E has run at BCHS. There is interest from around 14 students who completed their Silver with a request to complete a canoeing expedition. The expedition must be planned in “wild country” and will last for four days and three nights. In addition to this students must also complete a residential experience away from home for a week working with people they don’t know. This could be anything from helping out a children’s camp to develop your own talents, learning French in Paris or helping the National Trust with an urban recycling project. The possibilities are endless really depending on what the students want to do. The next cohort of Gold are currently meeting on a Thursday lunchtime in Room 301 with Miss Wilson as the Gold DofE Leader.