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Junior Duke Award

Junior Duke Award-Spring Term 2024



This term, we are incredibly proud that our first cohort of children to undertake the Junior Duke Award have all achieved Gold Mini Duke Awards. This is a new scheme that we have recently introduced for our Year 2 children and encourages the development of valuable life skills. Students gain confidence, resilience and adaptability when embarking on the programme and by taking part in the award, the children become better equipped to deal with everyday challenges. Children love to do things without help, they simply need the time and space to explore, learn from their mistakes and to learn to be safe.


The children have had great fun participating and have carried out group tasks including washing the school windows, planning and then making sandwiches, taking part in a strategic game (our children chose Battleships), writing thank you letters, learning to play a tune on a glockenspiel and learning to make a cup of tea for other people


Mrs Debbie Carlin, one of our Learning Assistants, has led the initiative and says “ Working together in a small friendly group promotes independence, belonging and achievement and also gives the children a voice.”

The children who participated have gained huge benefits and a second cohort of children will soon be beginning the challenge.