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Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme

The Kingston Academy strongly encourages our pupils to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme. The Award was set up by the Duke of Edinburgh in 1956 and is a youth development initiative designed to grow personal independence and encourage community involvement.

Participating in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme offers a myriad of benefits that extend far beyond the realm of traditional education. A key advantage is the opportunity it provides for young individuals to keep fit and embrace an active lifestyle. Through the scheme's various challenges, participants are encouraged to engage in physical activities like hiking, camping, and orienteering, promoting physical health and wellbeing. These outdoor adventures also allow our students to immerse themselves the great British outdoors and we take expeditions to a wide variety of locations: Devon, the New Forest, the Brecon Beacons, Snowdonia, Ashdown Forest, the Surrey Hills and Richmond Park.

TKA offers the Bronze Award in Year 9,  the Silver Award in Year 10 and the Gold Award in Year 12 and 13. We are delighted at the very high numbers of students undertaking the awards; well over 200 pupils participate annually in this valuable programme.


If you would like to find out more about the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award visit their website: www.dofe.org

There are 4 sections to the award all of which offer incredible opportunities for personal development. 

Student participate in the following sections

  • Physical 
  • Volunteering
  • Skill
  • Expedition

The time taken to complete the award varies at each level. More information can be found here