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The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is a personal programme of activities for young people aged 14-24. The programme involves four sections, Volunteering, Physical, Skill, Expedition (and for Gold, a Residential) which when completed lead to three levels of qualification, Bronze, Silver and Gold.

Whilst certainly an asset to CVs, Sixth Form and University applications, the Award is a challenging programme which requires a high level of self-motivation and enthusiasm in order to provide an enjoyable and rewarding experience for pupils.

Pupils can find themselves helping people or the community, getting fitter, developing new skills, picking up experiences, friends and talents that will stay with them for the rest of their lives. At Burnley High School we offer Bronze level to Year 9 pupils, Silver in Year 10 and many of our further education providers provide the opportunity to complete the Gold Award.

Our programme is very popular and all pupils who want to participate are given the opportunity to do so.

The cost of participating in the Award is £100 for Bronze and £100 for Silver which can be paid in instalments. Subsidies payments are available for those on free school meals.

If you have specific questions or would like further information on any element of the Duke of Edinburgh programme at Burnley High School, please contact: Duke of Edinburgh Manager


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Miss Yates