"That discipline and focus really impacted my athletic career with mountain biking, and with other aspects of everyday life too. I am very grateful to Bolton School for contributing to this solid foundation. "

Chris Eatough, World Champion at Mountain Bike Endurance and Old Boy

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Duke of Edinburgh Awards

Pupils in Year 9 and upwards are able to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award, also known as DofE. Typically pupils work towards their Bronze Award in Years 9 and 10, the Silver Award in Year 11, and the Gold Award during the Sixth Form.

Participants must select and complete objectives in the following areas:

  • Volunteering
  • Physical Activity
  • Skill Activity
  • Expedition
  • Residential (Gold Award participants only)

Expeditions are arranged in groups through the School. Pupils have recently chosen to complete their adventurous journeys by hill-walking, cycling, canoeing and sea-kayaking, all accompanied by overnight camping. These are bonding experiences for all the pupils involved, allowing them to rise to the challenge, overcome obstacles, work as a team, and use their independence and initiative.

Pupils also find the other aspects of the Duke of Edinburgh Award extremely rewarding, particularly the voluntary work.

At the end of each academic year, the School hosts a Duke of Edinburgh Awards Evening. This event not only celebrates the commitment and achievements of pupils who have completed the requirements to receive Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards, but also allows pupils to share their inspiring experiences of all the elements of the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme.

In 2015, the School was named the largest independent school provider of the Duke of Edinburgh Awards in the North-West and in the top ten schools in the whole of the North.

Later the same year, Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex, visited Bolton School to learn more about pupils’ Duke of Edinburgh and voluntary work.

Walking expeditions often use Patterdale Hall as a base

Walking expeditions often use Patterdale Hall as a base

A biking expedition

A biking expedition

Girls recently completed their Gold Expedition on the ketch built by Bolton School pupils

Girls recently completed their Gold Expedition on the ketch built by Bolton School pupils