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Reading Girls' School

Reading Girls' School

Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme

The Duke of Edinburgh award is a qualification for young people aged between 14 and 24. It requires students to undertake four different sections in: volunteering, practising a physical sport, learning a new skill and then undertaking an expedition - all over a period of about 6 months. The aim of this is to develop social and teamwork skills whilst building self-esteem and having fun.

The challenge requires persistence and commitment and can change the lives of those who participate, introducing them to new experiences and developing talents. Both employees and universities recognise the award which helps young people to become fitter, make a difference to their communities and gain a greater understanding of the natural environment. 

At Reading Girls’ School we are excited to be offering the Bronze award for the very first time and twelve year 10 girls have been throwing themselves into a journey of self-discovery and developing their mind, body and soul… and knitting techniques. The group have been in training since January, planning their journey and learning new map, camping and safety skills. Read about their first expedition at the bottom of this page.