Saddleworth School students step out to gain prestigious DofE Award

FIFTY-ONE dedicated pupils are the latest at Saddleworth School to complete their prestigious Duke of Edinburgh Award.

The pupils, who all achieved bronze level as Year 9s last summer, received their certificates and badges from school governor and former Mayor of Oldham Richard Knowles.

And 22 of the group are taking the next step and working towards achieving the silver award from September.

Dr Rowan, a science teacher and DofE manager, said: “Well done and wear your badges with pride because you have done an amazing thing in achieving this award.”

The scheme has been delivered by Saddleworth School for 20 years but has received a new lease of life recently thanks to Dr Rowan, who also co-ordinated it for 10 years at his previous school.

He will be assisted by Angela Reece as they look to get the initiative back on track and available for more pupils at Saddleworth.

And they are certainly heading in the right direction as recently 86 students took on the walking expedition and camping trip – the school’s biggest cohort to date.

They explored the local landscape for their trek, which is expertly organised by Karos Adventure, and camped out overnight at Well-i-Hole in Greenfield or Moorlands at Denshaw.

From volunteering to physical activities, life skills to expeditions, there are various components which must be completed to achieve a DofE Award.

It is the world’s leading youth achievement award, and a passport to a brighter future, valued by employers and universities. 

Find out more about the DofE Award scheme online: www.dofe.org

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