Plans to more than double the number of students completing their Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) awards at Carter Community School have received a major boost, thanks to a grant of almost £5,000.
The money has been awarded following a successful application by the Hamworthy based school to the The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award’s Diamond fund. This now means that Carter can push ahead with its commitment to increase the number pupils on the Bronze and Silver DofE scheme, as well as enrolling pupils on the Gold award before they leave the school in Year 11.
To meet its ambitions, the school is looking to broaden the opportunities available to those taking part in the DofE awards, including supplying the bulk of equipment required for expeditions, as well as training staff to enable groups to explore mountainous environments.
Sam Davidson, Principal at Carter Community School explained:
“This additional funding will help us in our aim to become a leading DofE centre and once again demonstrates our ongoingcommitment to providing our students with an #EducationwithCharacter.Most importantly, it’s a great opportunity for our students, many of who come from disadvantaged backgrounds and have never had the experience of being away from home or of having to be independent in their thinking.”
The DofE grant comes at an exciting time for the school, which was rated ‘good’ following last year’s Ofsted Inspection, with its exam results placing itamong the top 15% of schools in the country against the government’s Progress 8 measure, which records the progress pupils make from the end of primary school to the end of secondary school.
The school has also recently received the green light from the local authority for its multi-million pound expansion plans, which will see it grow by an additional two forms of entry in every year group, taking its capacity from 600 to 900 and providing a range of new facilities including a dining extension, new classrooms and design technology areas, increased parking facilities and bike storage.