The Duke of Edinburgh's Award

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What is the award all about?

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award offers an individual challenge to young people between the ages of 14 and 25. It consists of a balanced, non-competitive programme of voluntary activities, which encourages personal discovery and growth, self-reliance, perseverance, responsibility to themselves and service to the community. In order to gain an award a student must show improvement through persistence and achievement. 

What are the benefits of participation?

Universities and future employers are often keen to interview candidates who have gained Duke of Edinburgh's Awards, because they know that such involvement means a young person is proactive and may have developed a whole host of skills. 

Am I Eligible?

The Elms Academy currently offers the Bronze level award to Year 9 and 10 students who are aged 14 or over. We aim to expand this to Silver level awards for Year 11 and Gold level awards for Sixth Formers in the coming years. More information can be found on the Duke of Edinburgh website ( or by emailing


Our sincere gratitude to the Goldsmith Company for supporting us with the Duke of Edinburgh programme.



Jack Petchey Award


Almost 2,000 schools, colleges and youth organisations throughout London and Essex run the scheme, which contributes millions of pounds each year. The scheme is a reward and recognition initiative which enables schools and youth organisations to celebrate the achievements of their young people as well as receive additional funding.

The Jack Petchey award will be given out once a month for six months and is judged each month on different categories. The winner receives a grant from the Jack Petchey Foundation, to spend £200 on something of their choice that will benefit students at The Elms Academy. These are some suggestions from the Jack Petchey Foundation:

  • Buying equipment for a specific activity, e.g. Art materials, table tennis table, digital camera
  • Hiring in a specialist worker for a session, e.g. theatre artist, fitness coach, guest speaker
  • Arranging a special trip for the group, e.g day out, museum visit, bowling, theatre, cinema

We do it because we want to help young people raise their aspirations, believe in themselves and make a contribution to their society.

Jack Petchey