Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Duke of Edinburgh

A group of 20 Brightstowe students is another step closer to earning a prestigious Duke of Edinburgh Award after completing a three-day camping expedition.

Five of our Year 10s, who are taking their Silver award, and two five-strong Bronze award groups, made up of Year 9s, took on the challenge which began at Pilning, near the Severn Bridge in South Gloucestershire.

They then headed for the Charterhouse outdoor learning centre in the Mendips, near Blagdon, walking up to ten miles each day, camping and cooking en route.

The group was accompanied by staff from team building and outdoor activities provider.

The Duke of Edinburgh Awards scheme is designed to develop character and employability skills outside the classroom, and to instil an appreciation of the natural world. The awards require students to engage in a physical activity, skilled activity and volunteering activity, as well as undertake a camping expedition, and runs at three levels, Bronze, Silver and Gold.

Brightstowe’s Bronze and Silver groups now just need to complete their volunteering and physical skills sections before they can receive their awards.

Last year, our inaugural batch of D of E students were presented with their awards in a ceremony at Bristol Free School by World War Two RAF “Dambuster” pilot George “Johnny” Johnson.

We are hoping to continue to grow our Duke of Edinburgh Awards scheme over the coming years. If you would like to know more about how you can help or support us in this – with finance, time, donated equipment, or anything else, please contact