Duke of Edinburgh Scheme
Denbigh School is a licensing centre for the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme, and we are committed to support every student who wishes to take part in this popular national award scheme. The programme, which has been around for 60 years, is still as relevant to young people today as it has always been. Whilst undertaking the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme, young people are set a series of personal challenges aimed at making them more confident and resilient as individuals and develop their team working and leadership skills, all vital attributes for their future.
Participation in the programme is highly valued by employers and universities. Students can work towards their Bronze, Silver and Gold levels throughout their time at Denbigh School. Currently over 300 Denbigh students are involved in the scheme and we run an extensive programme of trips. We were recognised for our commitment to the Duke of Edinburgh scheme as part of the Scheme’s Diamond Anniversary Celebrations.
Students can start their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award in Year 9, when the scheme is launched in an assembly followed by a parents’ information evening. They can then progress onto their Silver Award in Year 10. Students have to be 16 to start the Gold Award and therefore this is offered as part of our extensive Sixth Form enrichment programme.
Find out more about the Scheme on The Duke of Edinburgh Awards website.
Our Sixth Form students have the opportunity to take part in a World Challenge expedition during their time with at Denbigh School. Previous World Challenge expeditions have visited Malaysia, India, Peru, Tanzania, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstyan, Mongolia and China.
World Challenge is an established and well-respected schools expedition company whose aim is to take students out of their comfort zones and expand their minds outside the classroom. Their expeditions are all planned with the students’ personal development and safety in mind and the participants are fully involved in planning and fundraising their trip of a lifetime. The life skills they learn on these expeditions aid personal growth and help secure university places and impress future employers.
Find out more on the World Challenge website.
During our annual Activity Days programme students can opt to take part in outward bound activities such as canoeing, climbing, sailing, wakeboarding and cycling. A range of activities and trips are also included on these days and include visits to popular UK attractions such as Thorpe Park and Alton Towers. Students may also choose to take part in activities taking place at Denbigh School such as sports, craft and design and gaming.
Throughout the school year, students have opportunities to take part in a range of school trips. Previous trips have included visits to Warwick Castle for Year 7 students; Berlin as part of the GCSE History curriculum; theatre performances to support progress in both English and Drama; CERN in Switzerland for A Level Science students and exchange and work experience visits as part of extended studies in Modern Forgein Languages.