Pupils recognise the value of the scheme both for their own development and enjoyment, as well as for building up their personal statements ahead of university applications.
A large part of the programme at any level is a dedication to voluntary work. Volunteering is the chance for participants to make a difference to people’s lives and use their skills and experience to help the local community – whether it be helping people, working with the environment or animals, fundraising for a local charity or raising awareness for a particular cause through community action.
The DofE charity is keen to highlight the importance of the voluntary hours that participants donate to the economy each year. It was recently published that from April 2017 to 31 March 2018, 87 participants from Trent College donated 2067 hours of voluntary service to the local community!
Joseph in Year 12 working towards his Gold Award comments, “Volunteering has helped me to develop my leadership skills and confidence when being in front of a group.”
Driven and organised by the students, activities have included:
- Assisting an elderly neighbour
- Helping in a care home
- Supporting a nature reserve
- Contributing at local youth sports club
DofE is just one aspect of the varied co-curricular programme at Trent that enables pupils to discover who they are through the pursuit of passions and interests beyond the academic curriculum. DofE becomes available to pupils in Year 10, with the opportunity to enrol on the Bronze award. After completing Bronze, pupils may progress onto Silver and Gold. The scheme is a challenging but rewarding experience that furthers personal development and promotes determination, teamwork, survival skills and physical & mental endurance.