Katharine Lady Berkeley’s School has a strong tradition of involvement in outdoor education through past involvement with the Ten Tors Challenge and current involvement with the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme and World Challenge expeditions around the world.
The Duke of Edinburgh Scheme
The school is now in its fifth year as a DofE licenced organisation and the current academic year is particularly significant as our Gold participants are the first group of students who have been able to participate at all three levels of the award at KLB.
In the 2019/20 academic year, over 140 students are taking part at Bronze level, over 50 students at Silver level and over 40 students at Gold level.
Please contact Helen Isaacs (email@example.com) for further information about the award programme.
Award levels and timings:
KLBS offers students the opportunity to take part at the following levels:
- Bronze – for those in Year 9
- Silver – for those in Year 10
- Gold – for those in Year 12
The commitment required to complete each level is given below. Students need to spend at least one hour per week on each activity during extra-curricular time, over the required timescale. Many students are already involved in activities that can be included in their DofE programme, including playing sports or musical instruments (Physical and Skills sections respectively).
- Volunteering section: 3 months
- Physical section: 3 months
- Skills section: 3 months
- Expedition section: 2 days/1 night
- You also have to do 3 more months in one of the Volunteering, Physical or Skills sections.
- Volunteering section: 6 months
- Physical and Skills sections: One section for 6 months and the other section for 3 months
- Expedition section: 3 days/2 nights
- If you didn’t do Bronze, you must undertake a further 6 months in either the Volunteering or the longer of the Physical or Skills sections.
- Volunteering section: 12 months
- Physical and Skills sections: One section for 12 months and the other section for 6 months
- Expedition section: 4 days/3 nights
- Residential section: Undertake a shared activity in a residential setting away from home for 5 days and 4 nights.
- If you didn’t do Silver, you must undertake a further 6 months in either the Volunteering or the longer of the Physical or Skills sections.
Latest DofE updates 2019/20
Participants at all levels have enrolled on the programme and are in the process of updating their activity details on their DofE accounts. During the spring term the participants will take part in the expedition training days, and parents meetings are held in preparation for the practice and assessed expeditions later in the year.
Latest DofE updates 2018/19
Participants at all levels have undertaken their practice expeditions in preparation for the assessed expeditions in June (Gold) and July (Bronze and Silver). Students had the opportunity to develop navigation and camp skills and to work effectively together as members of a team. They were encouraged to do their best and test the skills they had learned during the Training Day but not to worry if they made mistakes as this is all part of the learning process.
The Gold team went to Exmoor for their practice in preparation for the final expedition in the Brecons. This is a super team who were well prepared and gave a really good account of themselves The Ocean Rock team said they were “lovely to work with”. The final expedition will be a genuine challenge but one that they are ready to rise to.
Our Silver teams are once again a mix of students who have previously completed at Bronze level and direct entrants who are DofE novices. Generally the teams did really well, demonstrating solid camp site skills and strong camaraderie which will stand them in good stead for the final expedition. We have some lovely teams at this level and many students who are determined to embrace the challenge of their DofE experience and really enjoy it.
The steepest learning curve is always for the Bronze level participants, some of whom had never camped before, let alone navigated their way across open countryside carrying their ‘home’ and provisions with them. Despite this, there were many areas of praise included in the feedback given by Ocean Rock instructors:
Images from the Gold Team expedition in the Brecons: