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Duke of Edinburgh's Award

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Programme at Hinckley Academy and John Cleveland Sixth Form Centre was established in 1987, starting with a group of 4 young people. The unit is now very well established with approximately 100 young people working towards the Award at Bronze, Silver or Gold level, supported by staff and volunteers, some of whom have received Long Service Awards at St James Palace

Groups meet weekly – on Tuesday evenings for Bronze and Silver and on Wednesday evenings for Gold Award participants. During meetings young people take part in training for the expedition section of their Award and workers support them in organising activities for the other sections: volunteering, physical recreation and skills. At Gold level, there is an additional section – Residential.

Expeditions take place between 1 April and 31 October. Groups plan their routes for expeditions between campsites locally, but also venture further afield to areas including Rutland, the White and Dark Peaks of Derbyshire, the Wye Valley, North York Moors, Brecon Beacons and Snowdonia.

Since its inception in 1987 to October 2017, young people have received achieved 1790 full DofE Awards -865 Bronze, 609 Silver and 316 Gold. Many more are well on their way to their full Awards.

Gold participants have the opportunity to develop Leadership skills by working with Bronze and Silver groups and can achieve a national accreditation by following the DofE Leadership Programme.

Annually, there are some gold participants who continue after completing their Gold expedition to work as young leaders, passing on their skills to those new to the award – as well as developing new skills themselves.

The Award Scheme, widely recognised by Further Education, Higher Education establishments and employers, enables young people to develop many life and social skills, including working together, working with others, self reliance and commitment. Invariably, participants return from interviews to express how they related to their DofE experience.

Some participants have gone a step further to gain outdoor qualifications, including the Basic Expedition Leadership Award and the Walking Group Leader qualification. This has enabled them to go on and pursue their interests further afield or return to work in our unit at Hinckley Academy.

Finally, the local community offers fantastic support to our participants whilst they pursue the different sections of the Award.

Most importantly of all, participants involved in the Award have a lot of fun!


In January 2017, Dick Beaumont, DofE Manager was accompanied by two DofE Gold participants to receive the certificate that acknowledges Hinckley Academy as a Directly Licensed Centre (DLC).

The two participants, Josie Waters and Jordan Thompson, along with Dick Beaumont, received the certificate from the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Leicestershire, Colonel Richard Hurwood DL, at a Presentation Ceremony organised through DofE Central England in Quorn.

As part of the proceedings, Jordan and Josie gave individual accounts of their progress through Bronze, Silver and Gold levels of DofE and reflected on how their knowledge and life skills developed through participation in the scheme, and how it will be of benefit to them in the future.

The first Annual Review and Development Plan highlighted the HAJC completion rates exceeding the DofE national average by some 45%.

DofE National Average – 50% of those who enrol, complete their Award.

HAJC Average – 95% of those who enrol, complete their Award.

For more information, look at the full version of the HAJC Annual Review and Development Plan July 2017.

Academies and the Duke of Edinburgh's Award information leaflet here

Read more about Gold Award in Sixth Form here

See our expeditions image gallery here

What young people say

Bronze Evaluation here


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