Duke of Edinburgh Award

The Duke of Duke of Edinburgh’s Award has been running at Cardinal Newman Catholic School for 5 years. Students have the opportunity to participate in all three levels Bronze, Silver and Gold.


You achieve your Award by completing a personal programme of activities in four sections (five if you're going for Gold) - Volunteering, Physical, Skills, Expedition and for Gold, a Residential. You'll find yourself helping people or the community, getting fitter, developing skills, going on an expedition and taking part in a residential activity (Gold only). The best bit is - you get to choose what you do!


  • Achieving an Award will give you skills, confidence and a view on life that everyone is looking for, from employers to colleges and universities
  • You're getting recognised for doing things you want to do (and may even be doing already)
  • You’ll make a difference to other people’s lives and your community, be fitter and healthier, make new friends and have memories to last you a lifetime

Your Duke of Edinburgh programme can be full of activities and projects that get you buzzing, and along the way you’ll pick up experiences, friends and talents that will stay with you for the rest of your life. So above all, it's a great laugh - the question should really be why you wouldn’t bother!

If you need any further information, talk to Mr Gray - the Duke of Edinburgh Coordinator: dukeofedinburgh@cardinalnewman.coventry.sch.uk


Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Expedition

On the 2nd May, 43 students completed their Duke of Edinburgh Award Bronze practice expedition in the Warwickshire countryside. The expedition involved students being completely self-sufficient for the duration of the weekend.

Students carried all their own equipment, camping, as well as, cooking their own dinner and breakfast. All students successfully completed the expedition demonstrating excellent navigation and teamwork skills. This is the largest cohort taken on a DofE expedition by Cardinal Newman Catholic School and shows the increasing popularity of the DofE programme at the school.

As always without members of staff giving up their time we would be unable to run DofE so thank-you to Mr Bullock, Mr Gray, Mr Griffin, Miss Murphy, Miss Nardiello, Miss Owen, Miss Price and Miss Watts. The Duke of Edinburgh’s award is highly valued by colleges, universities and employers. If you are in Year 9 and above and are interested in starting the Duke of Edinburgh Award, look out for more information after the May half term.

Mr Gray, Duke of Edinburgh Award Coordinator


During the first two weekends in June 38 participants completed their Bronze Assessment expeditions in the Warwickshire country side. The students were expected to be self-sufficient all weekend. This involved students carrying all their own equipment, cooking their evening meal and breakfast as well as navigating their way from the start to the finish point. This expedition maintains Cardinal Newman Catholic Schools 100% pass rate for assessed expeditions. There are still more expeditions to take place this year at Silver and Gold levels. In September information will be released for any student in year 11 who want to achieve the silver award.

Mr Gray, Duke of Edinburgh Coordinator

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