Duke of Edinburgh Award

Here at the Pendlebury Centre, we recognise that learning is about more than just what happens in the traditional classroom setting – what is learned outside of the classroom can also contribute significantly to personal growth. This is the purpose of our long-standing and hugely popular Enrichment programme.

We are also passionate about our students achieving as many credible, relevant qualifications as possible – which is why we have now linked the Duke of Edinburgh Award to our Enrichment programme.

The Duke of Edinburgh Award provides a framework for the development of practical skills achieved through a wide range of activities – many of which have a direct link to employability.


As a school, we place a strong emphasis on being aware of our local community and giving something back to them through voluntary work. The Duke of Edinburgh Award ties in with this and many of the activities we carry out have a community / voluntary work focus, such as our MacMillan Coffee Mornings and placements within Primary schools.

As well as the sense of empowerment and confidence to make positive change in their lives and those of their neighbours, our young people also receive formal accreditation through the Duke of Edinburgh programme at Bronze level – with scope to then take this further to Silver and Gold levels when they leave the Centre and return to mainstream education.

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