MA DofE expedition


Merchants’ Academy was applauded by members of the Royal family recently when the Academy’s Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Centre was presented with a special plaque during a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace to recognise its invaluable work in the community. 

2016 is the 60th anniversary of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, which is globally recognised and offered in 140 countries around the world. Joining the Merchants’ Academy representatives at Buckingham Palace were celebrities Nick Hewer, Sally Gunnel, Ben Cohen and David Seaman, along with a number of other DofE Centre representatives from across the country.

Merchants’ Academy has operated a licensed Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Centre since 2012. Last year 18 Merchants’ Academy students achieved their Bronze Award, with 37 students signed up to complete their Bronze Award during the current academic year. The programme is led by Merchants’ Academy’s Cadet Force leader, 2nd Lt. Daniel Lewis and geography teacher, Victoria Hinde-Taylor who attended the award ceremony and said she was “impressed by the scale of the Award and the obvious impact that it has on the young people who undertake it”. 

Executive Principal of Merchants’ Academy Trust, Dr Hilary Macaulay said “It is so important for our students to achieve qualifications that help differentiate them from others in the job market and in college/further education applications.”

This couldn’t be more accurate, as a recent study revealed that 56% of universities look for other qualifications such as the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award to differentiate between applications.

Dr Macaulay went on to say that “the Award promotes team work, resilience, problem solving, organisation and self-motivation, exactly the type of invaluable skills necessary to succeed in education and in the wider world beyond. I am extremely proud of our DofE students, who continue to achieve more than they ever thought possible.”