The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award has been running in school for over 15 years. We are fortunate to have an extremely efficient Operating Authority in the Wirral and West Cheshire Expedition Committee, who give us enormous support and back-up.
During the last 15 years, we have received many awards, and have this year made it a compulsory part of our Year P SJP Experience at Bronze level. The Award is run in school by volunteer staff members, Mrs Corinne Pearson, who is the Centre Co-ordinator, and Mr Barry Shillinglaw, with support from a number of others. A particular strength of the Unit is the highly skilled and dedicated team of volunteers from outside school who ensure that the expedition section of the Award is delivered year on year to the highest of standards.
Currently, then, there are over 200 boys and girls involved with the scheme at Bronze level, as well as those members of our College who are completing their Silver and Gold.This follows, therefore, that the same number of students are working in the community, completing the service requirement for the award. In this school the range and breadth of voluntary and community service is breathtaking. Boys and Girls work in charity shops, fund-raising, with uniformed organisations, in old people’s homes, with disabled groups, in Sunday schools, with local environmental groups and escorting patients to Sunday services in local hospitals. The students online record keeping testifies to their progress and the gratitude of the people they help.
Each award gained is a huge achievement for the students, however, it is true to say that a Gold Award represents a supreme accomplishment which shows a four and a half year commitment to the Award. We are hugely proud of the numbers of students who undertake and successfully complete their Awards. We are most proud of the sheer scale of the operation, and its successes are in large part due to the dedication of the staff who administer and run the award in school, as well as the many staff who oversee and sign the books for the girls for their skills and physical recreation.