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For information on the CCF and Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme acitivities planned for 2011/12 please click here.

The D of E Award scheme provides an enjoyable, challenging and rewarding programme of personal development for young people aged 14 to 24 that is of the highest quality and the widest reach.  Click here to find out more about this well established scheme.

Thanks to the inspirational work of Mr Glyn Evans and many Llandoverian staff over the past 20 years or more, the D of E Awards have become embedded in the fabric of College life.

A Duke of Edinburgh Award is an excellent addition to any CV and higher education application. Over the past year the scheme has continued to enjoy great success with 35 Gold Awards gained. This represents more than 10% of the whole school population - a remarkable achievement.

There are three separate Awards – Bronze, Silver and Gold with different minimum starting ages and periods of participation. At each level there are four sections that a participant must follow:

The Service section aims to encourage service to individuals and the community. College pupils undertook many different activities to fulfil the Award requirements, some helped out in the Prep School, some gave their time helping to run the College CCF, others attended 1st Aid and Emergency courses whilst some helped run various committees at College. A small group of 6th Formers continued to help with the ‘Meals on Wheels’ scheme whilst another group were involved in running a twice-monthly sports evening for residents from Glassallt Fawr Young People’s Residential Home, Llangadog.

The Skills section encourages participation and development of personal interests and social and practical skills. Again many activities have been enjoyed; music, singing, art, drama, IT, marksmanship, sports coaching, driving skills and Young Enterprise to name but a few. All these activities must take place outside of the curriculum and be on a voluntary basis.

The Physical Recreation section encourages participation and improvement in physical activity. Very many sports, some at national level, have been adopted to meet the award standard. Examples include the obvious rugby and hockey as well as cross country running, cricket, netball, rounders, football, basketball, squash, kayaking, horse riding, keep fit, rock climbing, surfing, swimming and tennis!

The Expedition section aims to encourage a spirit of adventure and discovery. All qualifying ventures involve preparing for, planning and undertaking an unaccompanied, self-reliant journey with an agreed Aim. Expeditions must be completed by the participants’ own physical effort and with minimal external intervention. Recently pupils have taken part in Bronze walking expeditions in Pembrokeshire, Silver walking expeditions in the Elan valley and Gold walking expeditions in the Brecon Beacons and the Atlas Mountains. During the summer holidays a dozen pupils took part in a Canoeing Expedition to Sweden, a full report can be found on the site.

At the Gold level there is also a requirement to attend a Residential Project designed to broaden experience through involvement with others in a residential setting. Many of our 6th formers attend sport camps – kayaking, canoeing, climbing, winter mountaineering, rugby and the like, whilst others chose to spend time with youth orchestras, young farmers and church groups. We even had some pupils that helped out in a Berber Village high in the Moroccan Atlas Mountains! One thing is for certain, the participants get to see plenty of life when participating in the Award. 

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Saturday 6th April
DoE Gold Practice