Duke of Edinburgh
At the City of London School the Duke of Edinburgh Award is celebrated each year with a presentation evening for all students and their families. The Award takes motivation, dedication, self-reliance, team work and resilience to complete all of the sections, and usually 80% of all those who start collect their certificate and badge at the ceremony. Those who complete the Gold DofE will receive their award at St James's Palace.
Boys in the 3rd Form can start their Bronze and there are usually 60 students applying of a place on the course. In the 4th and 5th Form there are often 40 starting their Silver Award and about 25 for the Gold Award in the 6th Form.
The most anticipated challenge for a large majority of the boys is the expedition. The areas and terrain are carefully selected to provide a rigorous yet enjoyable experience. The Bronze groups go to the New Forest and Suffolk and the Silver and Gold participants travel to Exmoor National Park and the Brecon Beacons National Park. With nights out under canvas, time spent in the outdoors and being self-reliant for a few days, it is no wonder that for a lot of students this is the most enjoyable section of the award.
The most anticipated challenge for a large majority of the boys is the expedition.