BWH celebrates 100% pass rate for D of E Bronze Award
Blessed William Howard Catholic High School is celebrating a 100% pass rate with its latest group of Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award students. The national average pass rate is 56%, making this a real accomplishment for the school. Over 40 students from Year 10 took the award and many are now signing up for the Silver Award.
In order to pass, the students had to complete various different sections including volunteering in the local community, a physical section which involves taking part in some form of sporting activity; a skills element, which allows them to try something new such as learning to knit, sew or photography and an expedition section involving a practise weekend and an assessed weekend which were completed in the Peak District in June with external assessors.
As the UK’s leading youth charity, the D of E programme provides young people the chance to fulfil their potential and make a positive difference to their community and develop life-long skills.
Blessed William Howard Catholic High School was one of the first secondary schools in the Stafford area to be awarded a D of E operating license. The license allows the school to deliver a full D of E programme and grant the Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards directly to students.
"This has been a wonderful group of young people; they all really deserve recognition for working so hard and showing such enthusiasm all the way through the programme." commented Mr Keith Richards, who runs the D of E scheme at Blessed William Howard.
Each student received a certificate and a badge in a formal presentation evening at the school in November.