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Duke of Edinburgh Awards

The Duke of Edinburgh Award has been running at Greenfield School since 2007-8. It is offered to pupils from 14 years of age and across the ability range.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is a voluntary, non-competitive programme of activities for anyone aged 14 – 24. The award has allowed pupils in the school the opportunity to experience new activities and to develop existing skills. Each pupil has worked towards completing a volunteering, physical and skills activity, such as raising funds for the school minibus and other charities, maintaining the school garden, learning British Sign Language, learning first aid skills, walking and orienteering. They have also participated in an expedition, which involves planning, training for and completing an adventurous journey, including an overnight camp. The expeditions have taken place around the Brecon Beacons and the Gower. All pupils who have taken part have done so with enthusiasm and energy and have all enjoyed the experience.

The award scheme has also presented the school with an opportunity to work with the local community and other schools. As part of their training and preparation, pupils have collaborated with Afon Taf High School, Dolygaer Outdoor Education Centre and the local D of E centre and staff. The school has received funding from Community Focused Schools to purchase equipment and continue with the inclusion initiative with Afon Taf High School. The school has also been used as an example of how young people with Special Educational Needs can take part and succeed in the Award Scheme. It is an award that has recognised the young people’s commitment and enthusiasm, and it is an outstanding achievement for the pupils from Greenfield School.