PRIESTLEY College is a centre for the world’s leading achievement award for young people.
The College, in Loushers Lane, Warrington, is an operating authority for the Duke of Edinburgh Award, which means it can independently run the course and issue gold, silver and bronze honours.
Head of Sport Nigel Howells, who will oversee the DofE activities at Priestley, said: “It means we can run our own programme, but obviously working within the guidelines of the Duke of Edinburgh scheme.
“We are finding that for some students the Duke of Edinburgh is one of the reasons they choose Priestley and now we will be able to fit it in around their studies.”
The Duke of Edinburgh Award’s goal is to create a world where young people can reach their full potential whatever their circumstances.
It provides a balanced programme of activities that develops the whole person – mind, body and soul – in an environment of social interaction and teamworking.
Its ethos is to enable every young person of every background to do their DofE and succeed, regardless of any barriers. Nigel said that was in-keeping with Priestley College’s principles.
“All young people should be given every support necessary in order for them to achieve,” he said.