Not all learning happens in the classroom. Young people need experiences outside the classroom to become committed, responsible and fulfilled citizens of the world.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is the world’s leading youth achievement award and at Biddick Academy is available to all 14-16 year old pupils. It equips young people for life regardless of their background, culture, physical ability, skills and interests. Doing the Award is a personal challenge and not a competition against others; it pushes young people to their personal limits and recognises their achievements.
Since its launch at Biddick Academy over 10 years ago, the Award has inspired hundreds of young people to transform their lives. Through non formal education, the Award can play a critical role in a young person’s personal development and is achievable by any young person who wants to take up the challenge.
The Awards consist of four main elements;
Volunteering -3 months
Developing a new skill - 3 months
Physical - 3 months
Expedition 2 days/1 night
The choice to partake in the Duke of Edinburgh Award is entirely voluntary and each pupil’s journey through is different. Each participant chooses what activities they want to take part in for each Section and is supported by their assigned Group Leader. It is a very personal program that offers young people a structure to fulfill their passions and ambitions in a way that suits them, with the skills learned increasing employability and national recognition across a wealth of industries and companies. Apart from the requirements for each Section and the compulsory safety training requirements lead by our experienced Staff, the Award encourages pupils to hone or learn new skills, get active and give them experiences that will last a lifetime.
In order to get involved please get in touch with the Duke of Edinburgh Co-ordinator.
Biddick is a popular and oversubscribed Academy, mainly serving the south of Washington, with around 1100 students on roll. We make a commitment to staffing and as a result we have one of the lowest teacher pupil ratios in the area.
Most of our students have English as a first language; the number of pupils with learning disabilities and the proportion entitled to free school meals are below average.
Please address all enquiries to:
Mr P Cowen, Head Teacher
Biddick Lane, Washington, NE38 8AL
If you would like a paper copy of information on the Academy’s website, please contact us for the request.