Chestnut Grove Academy
45 Chestnut Grove
Balham, London SW12 8JZ

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At Chestnut Grove we have 60 students enrolled on the Bronze Award and 30 who have progressed to their Silver Award. Our first cohort of 12 Gold Award students began in September 2016.

Students achieve the award by completing a personal programme of activities in four sections - Volunteering, Physical, Skills and Expedition.  

The Duke of Edinburgh Award enables students to help people or the local community, become fitter, develop skills, and take part in two expeditions. Students have volunteered at numerous primary schools, sports clubs and theatre companies, and have developed skills ranging from Steel Pans to Sign language.

For many students the highlight is the expedition section. The photographs demonstrate that students have had to walk, cook and camp in all weather, and will remember these weekends long into adulthood.

I would wholeheartedly recommend the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme to all of our students at Chestnut Grove. Students who have progressed through the Bronze and Silver levels have gained valuable new skills and improved their confidence, social skills and leadership. The completion of the Award demonstrates the ability to stick at a task over an extended period and give something back to the community. Universities and employers recognise this commitment and a Bronze, Silver or Gold certificate is always one of the highest valued extra-curricular activities.

The Award is open for anyone between the age of 14-24. Any interested students can come to speak with me in the PE Department and also use the link to the D of E website below.

J. Hallsworth