In October 2012, Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy became Runcorn's first Directly Licensed Centre for the Duke of Edinburgh Award. As a result, the award is now run totally within the school by two Duke of Edinburgh Managers and three Assistant Leaders.
This year, a record number of students are participating in the Duke of Edinburgh Award, building on last year's huge success. In 2011-2012, fifteen students achieved the Bronze Award and twenty-five students achieved the Silver Award and this was very proudly celebrated at a special evening held at Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy earlier this year.
However, the celebrations continue as OBA is extremely proud to now have more than seventy of its students working towards the award in 2013, with the Gold Award now also running very successfully.
All the students involved have shown outstanding commitment and dedication and believe totally in the excellent opportunities that The Duke of Edinburgh Award offers them.
Miss Porschke, D of E Manager and teacher of PE said "The volunteer work that they carry out, both in school and in the local community, gives them the chance to give something back. They know that the impact of the work they do can help to change the life chances of so many. Many students have also represented OBA in a range of sports for the physical section of the award and, as a result, we have uncovered lots of previously hidden skills and talents!"
The expedition element of the award sees all students regularly attending events to learn about the Country Code, navigation techniques and the essential skills of camp craft. A St John's Ambulance First Aid Course also provides them with the necessary training to go out on expedition and they are also able to add this to their CV for future university applications and employment opportunities.
Delighted with the focused efforts of all the students, Mr Fenner, D of E Manager and teacher of Business Studies and ICT, said "We have had an amazing time training and assessing the students who have been able to raise their aspirations through this fantastic award. Our students have discovered things about themselves and have pushed themselves to achieve things they didn't think were possible. Expeditions to places like North Wales, the Forest of Bowland, Lancashire, Cheshire and the Lake District, in all kinds of weather, have broadened the horizons of our students and greatly developed their personalities and outlook."
Updates and information on the success of the Duke of Edinburgh Award at Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy can be found by following the following link on twitter @OBADukeofEd on twitter.