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The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme

Queen Margaret’s is proud to be a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Licensed Organisation. This enables us to offer all of our girls the opportunity to take part in the Award Scheme which is the world’s largest youth participation programme.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Bronze Award is open to girls in Year IV and challenges each to undertake a Skill, Physical Recreation and Volunteer commitment for at least six months. During the course the girls also prepare for and undertake two walking expeditions consisting of an overnight camp and requiring the girls to carry everything they need in order to be self-sufficient. These expeditions currently take place in the Yorkshire Wolds and Nidderdale.

Girls’ involvement in their activities will total 52 hours and must be achieved during their free time (eg evenings, weekends, School holidays). Girls are required to attend a weekly 45-minute training session as well.

In the Spring Term, girls participate in a half day navigation practice walk and a half day first aid training course. These both take place on a Sunday. In the Summer Term, girls have two Expedition weekends, running from Saturday until Sunday afternoon.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award is open to all students aged 16 and over. Like the Bronze Award it involves participation in a Skill, Physical Recreation and Volunteering and will take a minimum of 18 months to complete. In addition there is a Residential requirement which involves staying away from home with people you don’t already know for a minimum period of five days and four nights.

For the Expedition element we arrange walking or horse riding ventures within School or if students prefer we can direct them to approved companies to undertake sailing, canoeing or cycling expeditions. The School arranged expeditions take place in the Summer Term in the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors, and they include a qualifying expedition in the first week of the summer holiday.