Duke Of Edinburgh Award SchemeTo further develop their leadership, planning and team-building skills - and to gain a true sense of service and independence –the majority of Downe House girls complete a Duke of Edinburgh Award at either the Bronze or Gold level.

We believe that the D of E Award programme provides an excellent character-building framework - one that includes taking part in a physical activity, learning a skill, volunteering for the community and completing a self-sufficient expedition.

The volunteering aspect of the award provides a wonderful opportunity to give something back locally.

Downe House girls are offered the opportunity to volunteer at a range of charitable organisations, including charitable events and fundraising. Examples include entertaining the elderly, assisting with disabled riding, helping at charity organisations, local nurseries and primary schools, as well as helping pupils with special needs. Some girls have taken part in environmental projects whilst others have learnt to become future Lifesavers or First Aiders.

In addition to helping in the local community, we have also established strong international links, providing girls with additional opportunities for voluntary work.