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Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, at Sponne School

The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme is in its seventh year at Sponne School. It is a nationally recognised award.

Is looked upon favourably by employers and universities. It’s a challenge for young people aged between 14 and 24

Each student completes a personal programme of activities in four sections usually over a year.

Volunteering, Skill, Physical and Expedition sections, at three levels, Bronze, Silver and Gold.

This year I am running just Bronze and Gold levels with over 70 Bronze students and 30 Gold students.

Adrian O’Grady

Design & Technology Teacher

Duke of Edinburgh Award Manager

Sponne School


Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, Volunteering in the local community

Back row L to R, Georgia Hayes, Quinlan Lincoln, Iona Mackenzie

And front row L to R, Edward Bishop Bailey, Ellie Massey, Tea Ashby, Harvey Long


DISC stands for Disability Inclusive Sports Club, a voluntary group, run by parents and carers of people with disabilities for the enjoyment and benefit of it's members. Over the years DISC in Towcester has welcomed a few D of E volunteers at our sports sessions as ‘buddies’, joining in with activities, supporting coaches and helping on the welcome desk. Activities might include spotting at trampolining, playing table tennis, encouraging people to join in at Zumba, setting up hockey/football nets, playing badminton, shooting a few basketball baskets with a family, making teas and coffees, guarding the tea urn!... We have 1-200 families on our register with a wide range of disabilities, and a whole spectrum of abilities. Parents/carers/siblings come along too and join in, and it’s about getting people out of the house and engaged with a wide variety of sports. Every week is different. Members travel from as far as Rugby/Milton Keynes/Kettering/Daventry/Brackley to join us. Typically we have 18-23 members and their families at sports sessions...80-90ish people!

Caroline Mackenzie


Towcester Leisure Centre

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