Katharine Lady Berkeley’s School has a strong tradition of involvement in outdoor education through past involvement with the Ten Tors Challenge and current involvement with the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme and World Challenge expeditions around the world.
Outdoor Education at Katharine Lady Berkeley's School
Award levels and timings:
There are three levels of programme you can do at KLB School which, when successfully completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold level Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. The main differences between them are the minimum length of time they take to complete, how challenging they are and the minimum age you can start.
The three award levels:
- Bronze – for those in Year 9
- Silver – for those in Year 10
- Gold – for those in Year 12
Activities for each DofE section take a minimum of one hour a week over a set period of time, so they can be fitted in around academic study, hobbies and social lives.
In the 2018/19 academic year, over 100 students are taking part at Bronze level, 50 students at Silver level and 6 students at Gold level. The award scheme is launched to KLB School students during the autumn term. Please contact Helen Isaacs at email@example.com for further information.
- Volunteering section: 3 months
- Physical section: 3 months
- Skills section: 3 months
- Expedition section: 2 days/1 night
- You also have to do 3 more months in one of the Volunteering, Physical or Skills sections.
- Volunteering section: 6 months
- Physical and Skills sections: One section for 6 months and the other section for 3 months
- Expedition section: 3 days/2 nights
- If you didn’t do Bronze, you must undertake a further 6 months in either the Volunteering or the longer of the Physical or Skills sections.
- Volunteering section: 12 months
- Physical and Skills sections: One section for 12 months and the other section for 6 months
- Expedition section: 4 days/3 nights
- Residential section: Undertake a shared activity in a residential setting away from home for 5 days and 4 nights.
- If you didn’t do Silver, you must undertake a further 6 months in either the Volunteering or the longer of the Physical or Skills sections.
Latest DofE updates 2018/19
Participants at all levels have undertaken their practice expeditions in preparation for the assessed expeditions in June (Gold) and July (Bronze and Silver). Students had the opportunity to develop navigation and camp skills and to work effectively together as members of a team. They were encouraged to do their best and test the skills they had learned during the Training Day but not to worry if they made mistakes as this is all part of the learning process.
The Gold team went to Exmoor for their practice in preparation for the final expedition in the Brecons. This is a super team who were well prepared and gave a really good account of themselves The Ocean Rock team said they were “lovely to work with”. The final expedition will be a genuine challenge but one that they are ready to rise to.
Our Silver teams are once again a mix of students who have previously completed at Bronze level and direct entrants who are DofE novices. Generally the teams did really well, demonstrating solid camp site skills and strong camaraderie which will stand them in good stead for the final expedition. We have some lovely teams at this level and many students who are determined to embrace the challenge of their DofE experience and really enjoy it.
The steepest learning curve is always for the Bronze level participants, some of whom had never camped before, let alone navigated their way across open countryside carrying their ‘home’ and provisions with them. Despite this, there were many areas of praise included in the feedback given by Ocean Rock instructors:
Images from the Gold Team expedition in the Brecons: