Duke of Edinburgh Award
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (D of E) reflects Oakham's ethos perfectly: it is a major challenge to young people, allowing them to acquire new skills, experience adventure, serve others and work effectively both as individuals and within a team. Universities and employers alike hold the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme in great esteem.
Oakham has a long and proud tradition of offering the D of E to our students; we have run the scheme for 56 of its 60 years and were the first institution in the world to achieve 1,000 D of E Gold Awards.
Qualified and experienced staff teach the three programmes which, when successfully completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Award. Pupils generally complete the Bronze Award by the end of Form 4, the Silver Award by the end of Form 5, and the Gold Award sometime during Form 7.
At each level pupils complete a programme of activities, divided into four or five sections, that involve developing new skills, helping the community/environment, becoming fitter, planning, training for and completing an expedition and, for Gold only, working with a team on a residential activity.
Pupils select their own programme of activities and, with the help of D of E Leaders, set their own objectives. As well as the time devoted to the scheme in the curriculum, participants must also complete many elements in their own time, so commitment is vital.
Pupils complete the training and practice expeditions during the October and March Service Weekends and the assessed expedition either during the Easter or summer holidays.
I joined Oakham in 2005 as a teacher of Design Technology and ICT, having previously worked at Trent College. I have been Director of Outdoor Activities since I started at the School. I am a tutor in Clipsham House and I enjoy watching the pupils deal with challenges and grow in confidence during the various expeditions, ski trips and outdoor activity trips I organise throughout the year.