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Duke of Edinburgh

The Duke of Edinburgh Award is a challenging programme of activities which helps students to learn new skills, help others, experience adventure and give them a great sense of achievement. What’s more, many organisations such as employers and universities take an extremely positive view of the Award and what it says about the person who has achieved it – that they are resilient, dedicated and determined.

At Neston High School, we are fortunate to be to be able to offer all three levels of award to our students and uptake is enthusiastic. There are three levels – Bronze, Silver and Gold – and, for each, the students complete activities in four sections – volunteering, skills, physical recreation and expeditions. Students undertake their Duke of Edinburgh assessment in the North Yorkshire Moors, Snowdonia, Scottish Highlands and the Lake District. At the Gold level, students also take part in a residential project - embracing wonderful opportunities such as crewing one of the Tall Ships or acting as members of staff on Gold Duke of Edinburgh. The Awards are about team work, organisational and physical skills: it’s not a competition – we encourage our students to use enterprise and perseverance.

The Duke of Edinburgh Awards Scheme at Neston is sponsored by Cotswold Outdoor. They stock outdoor equipment that is perfect for the D of E expeditions and they offer a generous discount to students, parents and staff. The nearest branches are in Chester and Liverpool.