Churchdown’s enrichment programme goes under the title of Churchdown Inspired. It aims to inspire students to aspire and achieve in different activities that will help them develop into rounded, successful, confident and adaptable people.
The Edge programme recognises achievement in a variety of areas – pupils progress through school and earn different levels of award. The House system provides opportunities for pupuils to take part in different activities in a healthy competitive environment. Our wide-ranging clubs and activities and trips and visits further provides opportunities for students to explore, adventure and thrive.
The Edge @ Churchdown School
The Edge is a new initiative to help promote the development of the whole-person. The aim is to increase student participation in all aspects of school life to enable each individual to secure a deeper appreciation of their learning and become more ‘well-rounded’.
Level of Award
Students across the whole school will gain different levels of accreditation for a wide range of experiential learning and involvement in school life, focusing on four key areas.
Novice Award: A student will have completed at least 6 experiences from those available. To achieve the novice award, students must complete experiences from at least two different ‘challenge’ areas.
Apprentice Award: A student will have completed at least 10 experiences from those available. To achieve the apprentice award, students must complete experiences from at least three different ‘challenge’ areas.
Graduate Award: A student will have completed at least 15 experiences from those available. To achieve the graduate award, students must complete experiences from all four ‘challenge’ areas.
For each award, students will receive a pin badge, to be worn on their school blazer or clothing, to commemorate their efforts and achievements over a period of time.
The experiences students have will vary during their time at school. While many students are unlikely to have completed each of the 40 experiences at school, most will have been able to fully immerse themselves in to the life of the community. Naturally, for students to achieve accreditation it relies on the goodwill of staff to support the programme by offering a wide-range of events.
Duke Of Edinburgh
What is the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award?
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is all about going the extra mile – gaining new skills, pushing yourself physically, helping others and exploring new territories. At the same time, you’ll gather friendships, experiences and memories that will last a lifetime. It is a fun adventure and major challenge, where three progressive Award levels (Bronze, Silver and Gold) and a wide range of activities offer endless possibilities with the world’s leading youth achievement award as well as the chance to enhance further education and career prospects.
Who is the Award open to at Churchdown School Academy?
Initially the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award will be available to a restricted number of students in Year 10 who will work towards the Bronze award. The number of students able to participate will grow substantially over the next few years.
What does the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award consist of?
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme consists of four sections which are:
- Volunteering – Making a difference to other people’s lives.
- Physical – Focusing on your health and fitness while having fun.
- Skills – Getting better at something you do or trying something new.
- Expedition – Being part of a team and experiencing the great outdoors.
How long will it take to do the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award?
It should take around 6 months to complete the Award at Bronze level. This requires that the young person participates in the Volunteering, Physical or Skills section for a minimum of 3 months (one section must be done for a 6 month period), before planning and taking part in an expedition which includes overnight camping. All of these activities must take place outside of normal school hours.