Many schools embrace the opportunities offered by the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award – not least at South Bromsgrove High School, which is the largest school-based DofE centre in the country. Emma Lee-Potter takes a look

During the course of the last 60 years the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award has enabled millions of young people around the world to gain new skills, push themselves physically, help others and explore new places.

The award, created by Prince Philip in 1956, celebrates its diamond anniversary this year and the charity is encouraging people of all ages to take the DofE Diamond Challenge – in other words, to step outside their comfort zones and set themselves an adventure or challenge.

At South Bromsgrove High School, a 13 to 18 school in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, a group of staff have organised a four-day Diamond Challenge expedition through the wilds of Snowdonia, while headteacher Paul Topping has set himself the task of cycling 10,000 kilometres, running 1,000 kilometres and swimming 100 kilometres by December 31, raising money for DofE in the process and “still carrying out my headteacher’s duties”.

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