Duke Of Edinburgh Award SchemeTo further develop their leadership, planning and team-building skills - and to gain a true sense of service and independence - many Downe House girls complete a Duke of Edinburgh Award at Bronze and Gold levels.

We believe that the 'D of E' Award programme provides an excellent character-building framework - one that includes taking part in a physical recreational activity, learning a skill, serving the community and completing a self-sufficient expedition.

The Community Service aspect of the award provides a wonderful opportunity to give something back locally.

Downe House girls are offered the opportunity to volunteer at a range of charitable organisations, including charitable events and fundraising. Examples include entertaining the elderly, assisting with disabled riding, helping at charity shops, local nurseries and primary schools, as well as helping pupils with special needs. Some girls have taken part in environmental projects whilst others have learnt to become future Lifesavers or First Aiders.

In addition to helping in the local community, we have also established strong international links, providing girls with additional opportunities for voluntary work.

For further information please contact Mr Tony Riddle, Duke of Edinburgh co-ordinator.