Duke of Edinburgh

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The Duke of Edinburgh Award was established at Arthur Mellows in the 1980s and has grown from its humble beginnings to become one of the largest centres in the Midlands and East Anglia. In a good year the College provides the opportunity for around 160+ students to achieve one of the three awards:

  • 82 students achieve Bronze
  • 35 students achieve Silver
  • 35 reach the prestigious Gold

What are our Duke of Edinburgh students involved in?
The Bronze and Silver Awards consist of 4 sections:-

  • Volunteering
  • Physical
  • Skill
  • Expedition

The Gold has an extra one – Residential.



  • Survive After School clubs
  • First Aid Courses
  • Army Cadets
  • Sports Leadership
  • Helping at a Youth group
  • Coaching Football and  Netball
  • Helping in a Nursery
  • Helping in local Library
  • Helping at Brownies and Cubs


  • Physical recreation
  • Ice Skating
  • Football
  • Martial Arts
  • Swimming
  • Cycling
  • Rugby
  • Golf
  • Horse Riding
  • Cheerleading


  • Learning to play musical instrument
  • Learning Braille
  • Attending dance lesson to obtain a certificate
  • Drama and shows - rehearsals  and acting in a performance
  • Singing in a choir
  • Cookery skills
  • Cake decorating and sugar craft
  • Majorettes
  • Flower arranging

The Expedition

Perhaps the most memorable part of the whole award, if not the most enjoyable. This is where the majority of students camp (and cook for themselves) for the first time. As a consequence the College puts on some additional training to teach the skills that they will require.

Where do we go for the Bronze Expedition?

map In the last two years the Bronze practice expedition has been moved to Norfolk, to see if this provided a better experience for the students.

Starting at drop-off points around Ringstead students make their way across country to the coast and then walk south, along the coastal path, to the day 1 checkpoint on the green at Hunstanton. (Again a site with all of the facilities they need.) After lunch they then navigate by themselves as teams to the day 1 campsite at Snettisham. This stretch is usually done under remote supervision, with adult leaders following the routes some time later, looking for lost souls etc. It’s the first time they have to navigate over a long distance as a team.

After camping for a night and after breakfast, they set off to the day 2 checkpoint, which is the visitor centre at Sandringham. (The last ½ mile is the point where navigation is crucial as to get to the centre they have to find their way through the woods.)

The final leg takes them south, before turning west and arriving in Castle Rising.


For Silver and Gold Expeditions, students have travelled to Shropshire and the Lake District.


The Presentation at the Palace

doeAchieving a Gold Award is a very special achievement, for our students. It demonstrates that they have team-working skills, leadership skills and self motivation.

In view of this, the presentation of the award is also special and is held in London, for our students. Not only that, but the Award is given by HRH the Duke of Edinburgh or HRH the Earl of Wessex, who himself received the Gold award from his father in 1986.

It provides a memorable day out and photographers are always on hand to capture the event for students to proudly show to all their friends and family.

Adult Leaders within Arthur Mellows Village College

High quality leadership is essential to the success of any scheme, especially one involving children.

Arthur Mellows has an established history of running the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme and consequently has built up quite a broad depth of skills across its leaders.  A pool of experienced leaders is available from the teaching staff, support staff, Governors and even past award holders. They all work seamlessly together to try to make the scheme enjoyable and a positive experience for the students.  To ensure the standards of the scheme are continuously improving and the students are being led safely at all times, the expedition leaders have undergone formal training, which is delivered, supervised and monitored by Mountain Leader Training / British Mountaineering Council approved suppliers.

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