KPS’s Duke of Edinburgh's Award has got off to a great start, with pupils signing up to both the silver and gold award.

The DofE, started by Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh, in 1956, is a youth award and involves participants carrying out a series of self-improvement exercises in four key areas: Volunteering, Physical, Skills and Expedition. At Gold level there is also a ‘Residential’ section which involves pupils staying and working away from home for five days, or doing a shared activity.

The award encourages independence and is also a great enhancement to personal statements. The Gold award requires real commitment taking up to 18 months to complete!

This term, pupils have primarily been practicing navigational skills in their weekly classes, as well as planning for the expeditions due to start in March 2018. Pupils have also started their volunteering, skills and physical sections of the award.

Main image: Boarding pupil, Mohsen, volunteering at Oxfam in Earl’s Court