The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme

St Helen’s has been part of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme for many years, and we are very proud to have obtained the status of a Directly Licensed Centre, enabling us to deliver the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award independently on our own premises and using our own staff.

Girls must complete four elements to gain an Award: an Expedition, a Service element, Physical Recreation and a Skill element, providing many opportunities to get involved in a range of activities and to develop new interests. At Gold level, there is an additional requirement to complete a 5 day / 4 night residential section.

Approximately half of the girls in Years 10 and 11 participate in the Award Scheme, with an impressive number completing their Bronze and Silver Awards before going on to pursue the Gold Award in the Sixth Form. The first cohort of St Helen’s girls to complete their Gold Awards visited St James’ Palace on 23 June 2014 and received their awards from HRH Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex. Since then, 23 Sixth Formers have completed their Gold Award - an amazing achievement.

In Summer 2014 we carried out our first overseas Gold Award Expedition: the girls visited Malawi to carry out voluntary work and to complete their assessed expedition. This year the girls travelled to Moroccco to complete their expedition. Please follow the links to read the full account of these memorable and life-changing expeditions.