All Year 9 students work to achieve the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award. Large numbers of students then go on to complete their Silver Award (Year 10) and Gold Award (Year 13) as an extracurricular activity. The Blue Coat School is the largest Duke of Edinburgh provider in the North West. The Duke of Edinburgh Award is one of the main ways in which we help young people to develop skills for life and work, fulfil their potential, and become a good and responsible citizen, and leader in our society. It involves developing a skill which builds commitment and confidence; volunteering, and making a positive difference to the lives of others; and planning for and undertaking an expedition, which requires teamwork, listening and consideration, self-reliance, and some stoicism. On the way students also learn a range of very practical skills, including map skills, basic first aid, cooking and outdoor risk management. The course is fully inclusive; appropriate adjustments are made so that all students can participate. It is very practical, offers a huge choice, and is fun! The award is highly regarded by both employers and universities.