Duke of Edinburgh
Cranbrook School has a wonderful history of providing a range of co-curricular activities. In 2012 Cranbrook School became a Directly Licensed Centre (DLC) for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award as part of the School’s commitment to widening its reach and including as many students as possible in such activities. DLC status is awarded to school’s that are key leaders in the development and support of the Award.
The principles that underpin the Award program at Cranbrook School are found in the words of two people who lived and died in the last century; Helen Keller and T E Lawrence.
“Life is either a great adventure or nothing”.
“All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible“.
The Award Program at Cranbrook is led by an army of parent and teacher volunteers. In 2012 the School introduced a three-year plan that will embed the Award into the life of the School and provide every student the opportunity to earn the Gold Award by the time they leave Cranbrook.
Participants can achieve an Award by completing a personal programme of activities in four sections:
- Volunteering: undertaking service to individuals or the community
- Physical: improving in an area of sport, dance or fitness activities
- Skills: developing practical and social skills and personal interests
- Expedition: planning, training for and completion of an adventurous journey in the UK or abroad
- At Gold level, participants must also do a Residential section, which involves working and staying away from home doing a shared activity
There are three levels of programme participants can do which, when successfully completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. The main differences between them are the minimum length of time it takes to complete them, how challenging it is and the minimum age they can start.
Depending on age, participants are free to start at any level but most people prefer to try for Bronze and work upwards. There are age restrictions for each one so it makes sense to build up rather than dive in at the deep end.
For more details on levels and timescales please click here.