Students learn new skills as part of programme

Twenty students from The Market Weighton School participated in the bronze level of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award last year.

The award is recognised nationally and internationally by colleges, universities and employers as a programme that young people have achieved and ‘done something different’ with their lives that makes them stand out from the crowd.

The bronze programme has three sections - volunteering, skill, and physical - that students participate in for a minimum of one hour per week for six months. There is also an expedition section.

Some of the activities that our students have been involved with include volunteering at a library, a cats’ home and helping at local stables. Some of the skills included reading, handicrafts and cooking.

In the physical section a variety of sports, dance and drama activities were undertaken. The practice expedition in May, camping at Welton Waters, was very wet and muddy. But all students went on to achieve the assessed expedition in September.

A spokesperson for the school said: “The programme is an adventure from beginning to end and our students have had an opportunity to do something different, learn new skills, gain new friends and have fun.”

Following an assembly with Year 9 students next week, The Duke of Edinburgh Award will be holding a recruitment evening at The Market Weighton School for bronze, silver and gold levels on 26 February at 6.30pm.