Bridgnorth Endowed Gets Duke of Edinburgh Award Accreditation

Mr James from DofE (centre) with Mr Clayton (left) and Mr Worth (right)

Recently approved as a Licenced Centre for The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, Bridgnorth Endowed was awarded its official licence and plaque earlier this week.

Mr Wyndham James, operations officer from the organisation’s Central England Regional Office, came into school to formally present the DofE accreditation to Mr Worth and Mr Clayton.

The news reflects the school’s ongoing commitment to the scheme and, as a Directly Licenced Centre (DLC), it is now able to deliver complete DofE programmes to young people on its own premises, as well as verify the Awards.

Bridgnorth Endowed has been running DofE for more than 30 years and this year sees another excellent uptake for the programme, with 30 students signing up for the Bronze Award and another 30 embarking on Silver.

Mark Clayton, head of humanities and the school’s DofE manager, comments: “Now we are a Directly Licensed Centre, we have greater control and freedom with the Award scheme, from recruiting students to the awarding of their certificates and badges.”

“We are one of several schools in Shropshire that offers this opportunity and it’s certainly a great advantage to our students.”

“The Award is nationally regarded as the top extra-curricular achievement for young people, as most of it is completed voluntarily in the student’s own time, which speaks volumes about them as a person to employers and admissions tutors.”

“Now we are a DLC, we have decided to expand our provision, offering the Award at Bronze level to those in Year 9, as well as the Silver Award to those in Years 10 and 11.”

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