JESS secondary students have the opportunity to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh's International Award (IA).

This is an exciting self-development programme available to all young people aged 14-25, equipping them with life skills to make a difference to themselves, their communities and the world. The Award concept is one of individual challenge designed to encourage young people to develop into responsible, active citizens who will positively contribute towards society.

It presents a balanced, non-competitive and enjoyable programme of voluntary activities which encourage personal discovery and growth, self-reliance, perseverance, responsibility and service to the community.

The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award is split into three levels.

BRONZE: for those over 14. The minimum period of participation to gain this award is 6 months.

SILVER: for those over 15. The minimum period of participation to gain this award is 12 months.

GOLD: for those over 16. The minimum period of participation to gain this award is 18 months.

The four sections that need to be completed in order to gain the award at each level are:

  • Service
  • Adventurous Journey/Expedition
  • Skill
  • Physical Recreation

In addition there is an additional requirement for a Residential Project at Gold Level

For further information, see the website link below.