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Duke of Edinburgh Award

•    Do you want to gain new skills?
•    Would you like to develop resilience and challenge yourself?
•    Do you want to gain an award that is recognised by employers and universities?
•    Would you like to have fun, make new friends and develop your teamwork skills?

If you answered yes to any of these questions then the Duke of Edinburgh Award could be for you!

Duke of Edinburgh at Rydens School

From September 2016 all year 9 students will have the opportunity to complete the Duke of Edinburgh Award at Bronze level. Letters will be sent home in the second half of the Summer term so students can register their interest.

In order to pass the award students must complete each of the sections detailed below;

•    Skill Development
•    Physical Challenge
•    Volunteering
•    The Expedition

To find out more about what you can do for each of the challenges read the Programme Ideas list.

For more information about the award scheme at all levels visit

Duke of Edinburgh at Rydens School

The Duke of Edinburgh Award was launched at RES in January 2015. Here’s what the first cohort of students had to say about their experience.

When I started Duke of Edinburgh was really excited, we started off by cooking for the first month and it was really fun. We then had to plan our first hike in Cobham where we walked 12 miles. On the first day we had two teachers with us, halfway through the walk we stopped at a park to have lunch and play with a mini rugby ball. When we got to the campsite we set up our tents and started to cook our meals which was nice, on the second day we walked from the campsite to the school which was a great experience and very fun. We made it on time which was even better. The second trip, which was further afield, was just as fun and I’m looking forward to doing it again”.

When I did the Duke of Edinburgh, it was hard work. I had to do two expeditions (one practice one and the second was the real thing). As soon as I finished the first one I was regretting it because it was really hard work but in the end did the second one and really enjoyed it. The camping was really fun and after I had completed the weekend I felt really proud of myself. My parents are really pleased that we get the opportunity to do the Duke of Edinburgh at school and are really proud of me. I’m really glad I did it”!

Duke of Edinburgh at Rydens School

The dates for the 2017 Duke of Edinburgh expeditions are as follows;

Cohort One
Practise - Thursday 18th May – Friday 19th May
Qualifying – Thursday 8th June – Friday 9th June

Cohort Two
Practise – Thursday 22nd June – Friday 23nd June
Qualifying – Tuesday 11th July – Wednesday 12th July
There will be a drop in session for the parents and carers of students completing the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award on the following dates.  Parents of cohort two students are also welcome to attend the meeting on the 15th May.

Cohort One – Monday 15th May 2017 – 5.30-6.30pm
Cohort Two – Thursday 15th June 2017 5.30-6.30pm
Rather than a presentation this will be a drop in session, however you will be able to look at the routes the students will be following, talk about expedition food and discuss what to and what not to pack.
All students will have an additional 3 hour planning session prior to their practise expedition.  These will be during school time on the following dates;

Cohort One – Monday 15th May
Cohort Two – Monday 19th June

Please click here for a copy of the Kit List.

If you have any questions about the Duke of Edinburgh Award at RES please contact Miss Armstrong

Students should be recording their progress towards their skill, physical and volunteering challenges regularly on the D of E website (  If you have forgotten your password or user name please see Miss Armstrong.


School Details

RES is a mixed, secondary school in Walton-on-Thames with 924 students on roll and 152 in the Sixth Form. As an enterprise school we have very strong links with local businesses and offer a wide range of enterprise activities to our students.

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