City of London Academy students participate in the Duke of Edinburgh Award, the world’s leading youth achievement award and, for many, a life-changing experience.
More than 70 CoLA students were involved last year, with our 94 per cent completion rate the highest in Southwark and earning us an award for supporting young people.
The Duke of Edinburgh Award is a globally-recognised award which has been running since 1956. CoLA students undertake an exciting, challenging programme of activities designed to help them reach their full potential, gain employable experiences and strengthen their CV.
Employers, colleges and universities value the Duke of Edinburgh Award knowing the strength of character an award-holder has. It is a 6-8-month process and demands commitment, hard work and dedication.
The course is split into four sections. These are:
- Volunteering – Pupils must volunteer and give something back to the community, for example helping at a charity shop once a week
- Physical – Pupils must do some form of exercise for at least an hour, for example going to the school gym once a week after school
- Skills - Pupils must learn a new skill in their own time, for example cookery after school
- Expedition – Pupils must complete a two-day and one-night outdoor trip (Bronze) and a three-day and two-night outdoor trip (Silver) which the school will run in the summer