Duke of Edinburgh Scheme

Thirsk School Duke of Edinburgh Scheme

Thirsk School has a long established Duke of Edinburgh Scheme that runs on Wednesday nights from 5:30-7:00pm.  We operate Bronze for Year 10, Silver for Year 11 and Gold for Year 12.  Each year, we start in September and aim to avoid exam impact for students by completing expeditions away from the busiest times.

This nationally recognised Scheme is explained best at their website but a quick summary is below:-

Students are expected to complete each of the following sections:-


Regularly undertake a physical activity.  This could be membership of a gym, playing football for the school etc.  This should be 1 hour a week.


Participate and (importantly) develop a skill.  This could be gaining a basic understanding of a skill previously unknown or mastery of something you were already good at.  Chess, stamp collecting, computer programming etc.


Weekly, help the community in some way.  This may be chatting to the elderly at a local care home, working in a charity shop or looking after a neighbour who needs help in some way.


For many, the highlight is 2 days (Bronze), 3 days (Silver) or 4 days (Gold) walking in the hills with remote supervision.  The students love the freedom and respond with the maturity you would expect of our youngsters.  It is an amazing experience and the students are trained during the weeks throughout the year to be ready for the assessments.

Residential (Gold only)

Spend 5 days and 4 nights with people you do not know on a project to help the community.  This has been on National Trust weekends, working in residential care for disabled youngsters or, most commonly, with the National Citizenship Service.

This scheme is the cheapest in the county and this is mainly due to the kindness of a team of superb volunteers.  Please get in touch if you would like to join this team to support this scheme.



30th September – 2nd October 2022 – Silver Practice Expedition

7th October 2022 – Bronze Training Camp

24th – 27th March 2023 – Silver Assessment Expedition and Gold Practice Expedition

12th – 14th May 2023 – Bronze Practice Expedition

9th – 11th June 2023 – Bronze Assessment Expedition

5th – 9th July 2023 – Gold Assessment Expedition

These practice and assessment expeditions take place in Swaledale, Wensleydale, Wharfdale and The Lake District (Gold)

Annual welcome letter – September 2022

Consent Form – September 2022