Congratulations to Year 9 pupils who successfully completed the Bronze stage of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. Pupils were presented with their certificates by Principal Mr Perks at Kingsley Hall last week. ELSS is the only school in the whole of East London with a dedicated DoE Co-ordinator,  Mr Ross, (pictured below, left) and we wish to thank him for his hard work and dedication.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is a voluntary, non-competitive programme of activities for anyone aged 14-24. Doing their Award gives young people the opportunity to experience new activities or develop existing skills.

Mr Ross says “The students that completed their Bronze Award learnt valuable lessons in life by giving back to the community with their volunteering section, built up stamina and resilience doing their Physical section and learnt new and exciting Skills in their Skills Section. The level of maturity and self confidence from these students in completion of their expedition assessment was apparent from the way they tackled everything that was thrown at them from team work and communication to problem solving, cooking and working as part of a  team. I believe that this programme has boosted the confidence of these students and will enable them to progress in a positive manner through education and life. These students have now progressed onto the Silver Award and are looking forward to the challenge.”