Tudor Grange Academy Solihull (TGAS) is proud to offer our students the opportunity to join the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. The DofE is a nationally and internationally recognised Award favoured by employers and universities alike. Over time, students participating in the DofE Awards build confidence, dedication and commitment, attributes we all want to see in our young people in school, life and in the workplace.
Students feel the benefit of achieving their DofE Award for the rest of their lives. It provides a prestigious certificate recognising their achievement and an improved chance of getting into university, college or a job.
Young people design their own DofE programmes. They can choose which activities they want to push themselves to improve or which cause they want to volunteer for, and do what they love – whether it’s football, cooking or photography, coding, yoga or fighting climate change. They develop personal skills including time management, problem solving and initiative. It also improves their interpersonal skills and gives them friendships for life. Besides that, it’s fun!
- Bronze participants apply at the start of Year 9
- Silver participants apply at the start of Year 10
- Gold participants apply at the start of Year 12.
DofE research with Gold Award holders shows that:
TGAS Volunteering Achievement 2020
In the year 1st April 2019 to 31st March 2020 Tudor Grange Academy Solihull DofE participants completed an impressive 3211 hours of volunteering service to their local communities. The social value of these hours is equated to be £13,967.
Comments from past TGAS participants
“DofE gave me the opportunity to develop myself as a person as well as give something back to the community. Not only this, the expedition has given me memories I will never forget – I definitely recommend!” Leah, Bronze Award holder
“Doing the DofE awards motivated me to try new activities that I had never considered doing before, which has given me a unique set of skills and life long memories that I will look back on with a smile.” Tom, Bronze Silver and Gold Award holder
“I enjoyed every aspect of my DofE Awards but particularly the challenge of the expeditions. The Award made it easier for me to demonstrate at university and apprenticeship interviews the skills they were looking for, such as communication, leadership and problem solving – resulting in my securing an apprenticeship and university offer.” George, Bronze Silver and Gold award holder