Bridge Learning Campus awarded Duke of Edinburgh Diamond funding

By Ally Bigwood

Bridge Learning Campus is “delighted” to have been awarded a grant of over £3,000 to run the Duke of Edinburgh’s Diamond award programme.

The Diamond funding money will allow the school to buy new equipment to support  Duke of Edinburgh Bronze and Silver participants.

With the funding, the school will be buying some new group kit including tents, portable stoves and first aid kits – as well as personal kit such as waterproof jackets and trousers, sleeping bags and rucksacks.

Teacher Hayley Wallace who leads the scheme  said: “The Duke of Edinburgh award gives our students an amazing opportunity to develop personally as well as developing key employability skills and having lots of fun.

“…Students have to complete four sections; volunteering in their communities or at school, learning a new skill and taking part in a physical activity. For the final section students plan and undertake an expedition… where they walk for two days and camp overnight.

“…We want to continue to encourage as many students as possible to take part in such an amazing opportunity and the funding bid will support us with this.”

As part of the Bronze award pupils have completed their skills section by attending Band Club withMusic teacher Mr Davine.

For their Silver awards – students volunteer with organisations and community groups.

Lily from Year 10 helps out at her church club every Thursday – teaching dance routines to children aged four to 11.

She said: “Volunteering has helped my communication and leadership skills…  I have built friendships with the children and I feel like I’m really having an impact on people through my volunteering.”