Duke of Edinburgh's Award
The Duke of Edinburgh's Award (DofE) is an enjoyable, challenging and rewarding programme of personal development activities for young people aged 14-25. Clifton High School pupils are given the opportunity to follow a Bronze DofE programme from Year 9 and a Gold DofE programme from their sixteenth birthday. We encourage all our boys and girls to get involved in DofE; achieving an Award is considered by many universities and employers as a demonstration of strength of character and commitment to themselves and others. It also provides pupils with important life skills to carry them through to the future. Full details of the requirements for each Award can be found on the Duke of Edinburgh's Award website.
Pupils must participate in four (Bronze) or five (Gold) sections - The Volunteering, Physical and Skills sections expect a commitment of an hour a week over 3-18 months depending on the award level. Examples of activities undertaken by Clifton High School pupils are given below:
As volunteers, pupils must give up their time to make a difference to other people’s lives, working with charities or not-for-profit organisations. Clifton High pupils have undertaken work at Riding for the Disabled, Bristol Zoological Gardens; St Peter's Hospice, Help the Aged and Cancer Research charity shops; church youth groups, Rainbows and the Beaver Scouts. They have also helped in the community by caring for disabled children, visiting the elderly and joining the St John's Ambulance Service. Pupils can volunteer at school by helping run activities for younger pupils, or undertaking recycling duties, for example.
Planning sessions for the expeditions take place during lunchtime and after school. Pupils learn the basic skills of navigation and also familiarise themselves with the equipment they will be using. The venues chosen for the expeditions are carefully matched to the capabilities of the participants but include areas such as the Mendips, Cotswolds, Dartmoor and the Brecon Beacons.
Pupils can choose between pursuing a new sport or focusing on a sport they already enjoy. Physical activities are varied and can include team sports, individual sports, dance, fitness or martial arts. Clifton High pupils have completed the Physical section in aerobics, badminton, circuit training, dance, hockey, judo, netball, riding, sailing, swimming and yoga.
In this section, pupils develop practical and social skills and personal interests. Previously Clifton High pupils have developed skills in art, calligraphy, cookery, dress making, Greek, Italian, keeping pets, piano, pottery, singing and violin.
Residential (Gold only)
Gold Award participants must also undertake an additional fifth Residential section which involves staying and working away from home for at least five days doing a shared activity. A wide variety of projects are available but those involving environmental conservation work often prove to be the most popular. Clifton High staff will provide guidance on those residential projects that meet the Gold Award’s criteria.