Sackville School

Duke of Edinburgh's Award

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is an internationally recognised scheme for young people in which participants widen their horizons and develop skills and self-confidence through a series of challenges. Commitment to the scheme is recognised by employers, colleges and universities alike. The award operates at three levels- Bronze, Silver and Gold with the first two consisting of 4 sections and with 5 sections for Gold. Participants undertake a personalised programme of projects covering volunteering, skills, sports and an expedition; the Gold award includes a residential section.  

Sackville operates the Duke of Edinburgh's award at Bronze and Silver level; we also support students who wish to complete the Gold award with our partners Tonbridge Gold.  Working closely with Kent County Council (outdoor and D of E section), our participation levels have grown year on year with the award being a popular project within the school. We have enjoyed a 100% pass rate for the past five years.

Expeditions are undertaken both locally in the Wealden countryside and further afield in areas such as the South Downs. Training for the Bronze Award is offered to students in Year 9 upwards and commences from January onwards in the Friday activity sessions; the Silver Award is offered to Year 10 and above, also starting in January.

In order to support students in all sections of the award Sackville has good links with Tonbridge and Sevenoaks VSU who offer volunteering opportunities.

The scheme requires determination, motivation and commitment, qualities which our students consistently demonstrate. When reflecting upon their experiences students always value the team work, fun and sense of achievement they have gained from being involved.