Duke of Edinburgh Award: Summer term schedule revealed
May 11, 2021

Rydal Penrhos’ thriving Duke of Edinburgh Award programme will resume off-site activities later this month.

With fears subsiding surrounding the coronavirus pandemic after a difficult 12 months, things are now returning to normality across all areas of Rydal Penrhos life. The school offered a comprehensive online provision to keep pupils progressing academically during the various educational lockdowns, which enabled them to all hit the ground running and meet their respective goals when they returned following the Easter break.

Restrictions on what schools can do are now easing at a rapid rate. There was further good news recently as Rydal Penrhos received confirmation that our incredible Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme can formally resume off-site excursions as pupils progress their Bronze, Silver and Gold distinctions.

The DofE provision provided by Rydal Penrhos is something that brings the very best out of each pupil that takes on the challenge. It builds key skills outside of a classroom environment, improves problem-solving and communication, in addition to promoting strong links with the community that are all tools that can be taken into later life.

It promises to be an extremely busy few weeks leading up to the summer holidays for DofE candidates. Year 9 kick things off on Saturday 22 May with a Bronze Training Day, with Year 10 participating in their Silver Training Day on Sunday 23 May.

These will both be held in close proximity to Rydal Penrhos, with the school always keen to use its stunning location on the North Wales coast to boost pupil progression.

Year 12 will take part in a Gold Training Day and Practice from 11-14 June in the picturesque Rhinog Mountains, which is a critical step towards the highest DofE honour that results in a trip to a royal location to pick up the award if successful.

This is something many Rydal Penrhos pupils have achieved over the years, with some even completing their awards when they leave for university.

Those in Year 11 looking to achieve their Silver Award will test their skills during an assessment weekend from 18-20 June on the South Clwydian Range, with the Year 9 Bronze Assessment running from 26-27 June along the North Wales coast.

Pupils will be put through their paces both individually and working as a team in pursuit of meeting the criteria needed to tick all the boxes needed for success.

The final excursion of the academic year involves Year 10, who will travel to the North Clwydian Range for their Silver Award Assessment from 2-4 July.

The DofE programme can be full of activities and projects that get each pupil excited, allowing them to develop existing talents and discover new ones, whilst meeting new friends and learning a great deal about themselves along the way.

This is the legacy left behind by the late Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, who started the nationally recognised scheme in 1956 and sadly passed away recently.

We would like to wish all our DofE candidates the very best of luck in the coming weeks and offer our thanks to Dr Jim Lewis and other Rydal Penrhos staff involved for their tireless commitment.


Anyone wishing to enquire about Rydal Penrhos School can do so by calling 01492 530155, email admissions@rydalpenrhos.com or register your interest online here: https://rydalpenrhos.com/admissions/apply-now.