Queen’s College is a centre of excellence for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme – an enjoyable, challenging and rewarding programme of personal development for young people which is of the highest quality and widest reach.
The three levels of awards, Bronze (6 months), Silver (12 months) and Gold (18 months) are divided into four sections - volunteering, expedition, skills and physical recreation. All pupils in Year 10 are encouraged to complete Bronze, half the year group continues with Silver in Year 11 whilst in the Sixth Form there are around 40 pupils going for Gold. In total 370 Queen’s College students have achieved their Gold Award, an outstanding achievement, and students who have reached this level are highly regarded when applying to university.
Walking, kayaking, mountain biking and camping expeditions take place all over country – Exmoor, the Lake District, New Forest, River Wye, and even Northern Ireland. The School also has a community service section where students are involved in community projects such as mill stream restoration, helping on the sensory garden, organising Junior School activities and volunteering for the school’s sustainability programme.