There are three levels; Bronze, Silver and Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. You must be 14 to begin working towards your Bronze, 15 for Silver and 16 for Gold.

To achieve each award participants must complete a programme of activities in four or five sections; volunteering, skills, physical, expedition and, for Gold only, residential.

With the help of Leaders, participants select their own programme of activities and set themselves objectives. It’s not a competition or about being first. It’s all about self-development.

Its balanced programme develops the whole person – mind, body and soul, in an environment of social interaction and team work.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award at Sandbach High School & Sixth Form College

Students in years 10 & 11 are working towards achieving their Bronze Award and years 12 & 13 are working towards Gold. Silver is not currently completed in school. The Award is supported and run by members of staff and friends of the School. They help organise and lead the training and assessed expeditions which take place in the Peak District and Snowdonia over weekends the summer and autumn terms.

We are happy to offer advice on the purchase of speciality outdoor equipment although none is required for Bronze and a luxury on Gold. Participants can usually receive a 10% discount on outdoor equipment at Cotswold’s outdoor shop. However, we can provide participants with tents, stoves, rucksacks, coloured maps and compasses for the duration of their expedition. We also can provide and additional camping equipment on request.

We offer the Bronze Award to students in Year 10, although, they can start working towards the award from age 14.

At the beginning of Year 12 we invite students to enrol directly onto The Gold Award. No previous involvement in the Award is necessary.

Students receive a badge and certificate upon completion of the Bronze award which is presented in a school assembly.

On completion of the Gold Award participants and a guest are invited to attend a formal presentation by The Duke of Edinburgh and mingle with celebrity supporters at St James Palace.

To find out more about the Award Scheme visit –

Or contact The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Coordinator
Mr Hilton via email:



July 2015 saw 26 students set off  to North Wales to embark upon their Gold Duke of Edinburgh qualifying expedition. On probably the most physically and mentally challenging 4 days of their lives, this group battled with heavy rain, blisters, a twisted ankle (thankfully no mountain rescue required thanks to the combined effort of staff and students),     scorching heat, sore shoulders and much more throughout the expedition from Llanberis to Llanfairfechan. Their routes took in some of Snowdonia’s most breath-taking scenery where they made memories that will last a lifetime.

Even to make it to the start of the expedition students had to rise to several challenges – a gruelling training expedition where staff put them through their paces, as well as their physical, volunteering, skills and residential sections, with the ultimate goal being to visit Buckingham Palace to receive their award. The skills these students have developed through their award will enrich not only their sixth form experience and applications for the next steps, but the rest of their lives.