Extra Curricular

Enrichment and the co-curriculum is a key part of the fabric of Orchard Mead Academy. The aim is for the opportunities afforded to our pupils to be as good as that of any type of school in the country. We will be growing our pupils’ skills and desired character traits, so as they develop their whole self.
For student clubs please visit our Pupils Club’s page.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is recognition of a young person’s successful journey of self-discovery and development, renowned by employers and universities alike for the qualities young people have who’ve achieved a D of E Award.

Its balanced programme develops the whole person – mind, body and soul, in an environment of social interaction and team working.

There are three progressive levels of D of E programmes which, when successfully completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

In order to achieve the Award participants need to complete a programme of activities in four sections that involve helping the community/environment (volunteering), becoming fitter (physical), developing new skills (skills), planning, training for and completing 2 expeditions.

With the help of DofE Leaders, participants select their own programme of activities and set themselves objectives. It’s not a competition or about being first. It’s all about self-development.

In order to achieve the Bronze Award students must attend all of the training sessions, plan and prepare for a practice expedition and complete an assessed expedition.

If you would like further information about the D of E Award please click here to go to the D of E website: http://www.dofe.org.

Please find below documents for the 2019-20 D of E Award Programme:

D of E At Home – April 2020

Doing your D of E during the coronavirus outbreak

Letter to Parents / Carers & Payment Schedule 19/20

OMA Bronze Programme 2020

The Countryside Code

The 20 Conditions of the Expedition

The DofE Award Kit Guide

Expedition Kit List – OMA Letter

Expedition_Kit_List – Jan-2020


If any students (D of E and non-D of E) are looking to for opportunities to complete their volunteering section, COG Youth Services are looking for:

  • Teen Bloggers for their website
  • Recycling Ambassadors
  • Podcasters/Youtubers/Debaters

These can be done solo or as a group – find out more here.

As part of the academy values, our pupils are encouraged to ‘Be kind’. This includes being kind to their peers, but also to others outside of school through our nominated charities each year. We allow our whole school community (pupils, staff and parents) to decide which two charities we are going to support, and then pupils have opportunities to fundraise for these charities throughout the year. We will soon be deciding upon our charities for the 2020/2021 academic year.

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