The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award has been running successfully at Hope Valley College since 2005. In the last decade around half of all students have participated in the bronze award. This achievement is thought of highly by further education and employers. The bronze award requires a commitment of at least three months of volunteering, skills and a physical activity. It also requires the young people to undertake two weekend expeditions, walking fifteen miles on each, carrying all their equipment and being independent of adults for their navigation and decision making. Regional DofE coordinator, Brett Waring, recently visited the College to present the DofE manager , Mr Fitton, with the ‘Licensed Centre’ certificate and plaque.