Students are actively encouraged to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh's scheme and hundreds of our students have been involved in the programme since the school started running it around 10 years ago.
Those taking part have enjoyed a number of experiences, including volunteering in the community and completing challenging residential trips and expeditions which have see them navigate their own route over tough mountain terrain and fend for themselves in remote rural locations.
WATCH: our video of students taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh's experience here:
The Duke of Edinburgh's Award scheme was launched in 1956. It aims to recognise the achievements of young people and to inspire, guide and support them in their self-development. Students engaging with the DofE follow their own exciting and challenging programme of activities to help them reach their full potential.
Employers, colleges and universities value Duke of Edinburgh Awards and recognise that an Award holder has something more than just academic qualifications to offer.
Other outdoor activities run by Highfields, including trips to the school's Llandrinio Outdoor Education Centre, in Wales, provide a great starter point for the challenging, yet exciting, DofE programme. The centre gives our students new experiences and skills throughout their school life from Year 6 Induction, through to the Duke of Edinburgh programme, which is open for Year 10 students and upwards.