The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme has been part of life at St Thomas Aquinas School since 1995. It was set up that year by Mr John Houston and myself, supported by many other members of staff, particularly Mr Ted Boodell, Mr Alex Flood and Mrs Mary Edmunds. 

We started with 35 students from Year 9 and 10. Mr Houston led the Expedition and Physical Recreation elements, while I coordinated the Skills and Service elements. For their Service activity, students took part in a British Red Cross First Aid course after school, a police course, or an evening course at Kings Norton Fire Station. I have wonderful memories of our first Bronze Expeditions, based at Clent and Earlswood. The Award was extremely popular and fortunately we were soon able to buy more equipment, allowing us to give this opportunity to more of our students. By 1997, we also had a Silver Award group, with expeditions to the Long Mynd in Shropshire. There were always difficulties (including Mr Houston’s inability to put the minibus into reverse for the whole 3 day expedition) but also a fabulous sense of development and achievement.

I am delighted that the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme has gone from strength to strength in our school and is still offering our students the chance to develop their skills and their resilience 20 years after it was first established here.

Mrs Bell
Head of Modern Foreign Languages


DofE Gold
Birmingham DLC Presentation 24 June 2014
D of E - Bronze to Gold!
DofE Diamond Challenge
DofE Gold Dark Peaks 23rd 25th June 2018
DofE Gold - Introduction
DofE Gold Award Presentation at Buckingham Palace
DofE Gold Expedition Brecon Beacons (28th June 2nd July 2015)
Dofe Gold Expedition to the Welsh Borders
DofE Gold Pre-Practice Expedition Shropshire/Welsh Borders
DofE Gold Presentation at St James' Palace
DofE Gold Presentation Awards Reports - December 2018
DofE Programme - The Volunteers
Duke of Edinbugh Gold Expedition - June 2014
Duke of Edinburgh Awards 18th June 2012
Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award Presentation at Buckingham Palace
Duke of Edinburgh Gold Expedition - Brecon Beacons
Duke of Edinburgh Gold Expedition Dark Peaks (30th Sept 2nd Oct 2016)
Duke of Edinburgh Gold Expedition to Clun - 5 April 2014
Duke of Edinburgh Gold Expedition, 11 15 July 2011
Duke of Edinburgh Gold Qualification Expedition to the Brecon Beacons - 1st -5th July 2019
Example of How To Apply for DofE Gold
Gold / Silver DofE Practice Expedition - 25th-27th March 2017
Gold DofE - Clun (1st 3rd July 2016)
Gold DofE Expedition Dark Peaks September 2019
Gold Duke of Edinburgh Expedition - 23 to 27 June 2013
Gold Duke of Edinburgh Practice - 19 April 2013
Presentation at the Palace