The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme is the recognition of a young person’s successful journey of self-discovery and development; renowned by employers and universities alike for the qualities shown by young people who have achieved the Award. Within this framework you will learn a lot about important life skills; responsibility, working in a team; helping and supporting others; learning to be tolerant, trustworthy, patient and determined. The scheme is intended to develop these qualities and prepare you as a self-reliant and confident member of society. If you take on and complete the Award it makes a clear statement that you are committed, able to take on difficult challenges and prepared to contribute to society.

Further information about DofE including resources and downloads can be found on the Duke of Edinburgh's Award website.


All DofE participants can get discounts at shops in Truro and online by showing proof of their enrolment in DofE:

Costwold Outdoors: 15% discount 
Penrose Outdoors: 15% Discount


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This is an optional but very popular program within the school and each year well over a hundred pupils achieve their Bronze, Silver or Gold Award. The pinnacle of the Award is the Gold expedition to Slovenia, where Lower Sixth students undertake their expedition with our link school, ably supported by the Slovenian Armed Forces.

This annual event which is run by the Army and takes place on Dartmoor is a huge challenge for those that take part and one that stays with its participants for the rest of their lives.

Students spend months in training with the outdoor pursuits team as they prepare themselves for either the 35, 45 or 55 mile challenges. Our proximity to the South West Coastal Path, Bodmin Moor and Dartmoor makes access to training easy and ensures that the candidates have plenty of expedition time and are completely ready when the Ten Tors event takes place in May.

Minions is our very own outdoor pursuits centre based on Bodmin Moor in the village of Minions. It is mostly used by 1st and 2nd Years as an opportunity to learn more about the world around them whilst getting to know each other better.

Through a series of activities and walks the students start to work together as a team, discovering that everyone has different strengths and weaknesses and how to harness the best out of those involved.