East Norfolk Sixth Form College is always looking for new avenues to expand the student experience, and this spring there will be even more ways for young people to explore wider horizons. As part of its strategic review of personal development the College is delighted to announce a significant expansion and enhancement of the Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) scheme.

Students have always been able to sign up to the Award programme, but much of the provision had previously been offered by external providers. With new staffing in place, curriculum time assigned to the Award and a greater focus on the expedition and outward-bound elements there is much for students to get excited about.

The DofE is a nationally recognised Award where participants develop key employability skills and attributes valued not only in the workplace but also in our wider communities. These skills include communication, teamwork, problem solving, self-management and a positive approach to work. Students complete activities in four sections, volunteering, physical, skills development and expeditions, with an additional residential element for the Gold Award. To help more students achieve the Award the College has invested in a more focused team supporting students in completing their activities. The intention is not only that this will be good for the students but will filter out into the wider community too, impacting as many stakeholders as possible.

EN Principal Dr Catherine Richards said, “Achieving a DofE Award requires resilience and commitment and enables young people to see how their efforts add value and impact, both to themselves and others. We know that by enhancing our offer in this excellent scheme students will not only develop a range of key skills supporting their future employability, but they will also be contributing more to the local community, helping to make Gorleston an even better place to live and work.”

With new activities planned across all the sections, links into community groups being developed, and the first expeditions heading out this June there is much to look forward to. Further complimented by the launch of a brand new Combined Cadet Force in the College, East Norfolk Sixth Form is once again demonstrating why it is in a class of its own.