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DofE gold rectangle l18(Brothers Raoul Robert and Nikhil Kumrai-Woodruff pictured after receiving their D of E gold awards on January 16th)

Currently we have 240 pupils enrolled in Duke of Edinburgh across all 3 levels, representing the most pupils Highgate has ever put through the award, making us one of the biggest D of E centres in the country.

Activities are undertaken for between 3 and 18 months depending on the level of award and your previous experience doing D of E. At Highgate, your D of E journey starts in Y10 with Bronze. Silver is undertaken in Y11, and pupils can start on their Gold award in Y12. Currently the destinations for our expeditions include Snowdonia, The Lake District, The Brecon Beacons, The Peak District and The South Downs. During your expedition you will be in in a group of between 4 and 7, and will have spent several weeks planning and preparing for it. Being out on expedition on your own is a real adventure and is the highlight of the award for all our pupils.

You 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.
  • At Gold level, you must do an additional Residential section, which involves working and staying away from home doing a shared activity.

Participants are currently busy across all 3 levels preparing for upcoming expeditions. Silver and Gold participants will embark on their practice expeditions at the end of this term to The Peak District and Snowdonia respectively, and Bronze participants are about to undertake expedition training in School over 2 weekends in March.

In December and January 8 former Highgate pupils were presented with their Gold awards by HRH Prince Edward at St James’s Palace at the prestigious Gold Award Presentations. Many congratulations to Raoul Robert Kumrai-Woodruff, Miguel Sousa, Marjolaine Briscoe, Nikhil Kumrai-Woodruff, Charles Kleiman, Annie Hartley, Andrea Guariglia and Carolina Valensise.

We hope that many more pupils will eventually achieve this great honour and represent the School at the palace.

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