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The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme

Manor School has a successful record of providing a range of extra-curricular activities for students. In July 2015 Manor School became a Directly Licensed Centre (DLC) for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, as part of the Academy’s commitment to widening its reach and including as many students as possible in such activities. DLC status is awarded to schools that are key leaders in the development and support of the Award. Manor School is proud to have been awarded DLC status.

A programme of training activities has been developed to ensure our young people are prepared for the award. They are undertaking a range of fun activities such as camp cooking, orienteering, health & safety and how to pack a ruck sack. Students are positively encouraged to attend the training sessions, thus enabling them to complete sections of their online log books and share experiences with fellow D of E participants.


The Award Program at Manor School is led by an experienced team of teaching staff, who voluntarily give up their own time to participate in practice and full expedition weekends. Participants can achieve an Award by completing a personal programme of activities in four sections:

  • Volunteering: undertaking service to individuals or the community
  • Physical: improving in an area of sport, dance or fitness activities
  • Skills: developing practical and social skills and personal interests
  • Expedition: planning, training for and completion of an adventurous journey in the UK or abroad


There are three levels of programme participants can undertake and when successfully completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.  The main differences between them are the minimum length of time it takes to complete them, how challenging it is and the minimum age they can start.

Depending on age participants are free to start at any level but most people prefer to try for Bronze and work upwards. There are age restrictions for each one so it makes sense to build up rather than dive in at the deep end.

For more information about the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme at Manor School, please contact the school office.