Duke of Edinburgh Award
Wilson's and the AwardWilson’s started the award in September 2008, with the current year 10’s at the time. The plan was to allow them every possibility to pass through and achieve their gold award by the end of their life at Wilson’s — something which has been continued to the present day.
The Duke of Edinburgh award was an immediate success with large numbers of pupils signing up and many people eager to get started and achieve their bronze award. Over 50 people chose to take part and at the end of the inaugural year, after a lot of hard work and determination, we had 30 boys successfully pass their Bronze award. In the current year we hope to have 80 boys achieve their Bronze.
Although the Bronze is a creditable award in its own right, it provides the perfect stepping stone to the Silver award in year 11 and eventually Gold in the sixth form, in accordance with the school’s structural plan.
However, after introducing bronze in 2008, Wilson’s expanded its Duke of Edinburgh scheme, running silver for the participants who had completed their bronze, and also continued the bronze award for the new year 10’s. In 2009 there was a staggering response with 130 people choosing to do the award out of 150 in the year. This really highlights the success of the previous years and the eagerness of the boys and their drive to complete the award.
In 2010 we launched the Gold award, giving Wilson’s creating a full DofE package for the boys. This year saw 15 boys either finish their award or come close to completion, giving the school the first set of boys to have gone all the way through the DofE programme.
The above has all helped, along with the enthusiasm of the pupils and staff, to push the DofE scheme into becoming the second biggest extra-curricular activity at the school, behind team sports. Long may it continue.