Developing skills for life

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

Chigwell pupils participate with great enthusiasm in the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme, with an ever-increasing number going on to complete the demanding Gold Award .  The various components of the scheme are challenging, requiring real commitment and teamwork, however most complete the challenge very successfully.  Pupils are required to prove a good level of self-motivation by undertaking community service  as well as undertaking both physical and skills activities.  Advice and support is given by staff but essentially the pupils follow their own interests, and often training and expeditions take them far away from Chigwell.

The DofE scheme has become an integral component of the life at Chigwell with the majority of students in Year 9 taking part at Bronze level. For the Silver groups, there is  a choice of canoeing or walking expeditions: the walkers go to the North Downs and the South Downs and the canoeists train in Fairlop Water and the River Chelmer, completing their assessed trip in Oxfordshire on the River Thames.  Gold walking trips take place in Snowdonia and Scotland, and canoeing expeditions travel to the Great Glen in Scottland, paddling in the Loch Ness


The School has a thriving Scout Troop for boys and girls in Year 7 and above, with currently upwards of 30 members. We also have an Explorer Scout Unit of about 12 members for pupils in the Senior School. Both meet weekly in term-time on Thursdays after school. Scouts participate in a range of activities which have included go karting, pioneering, survival skills, orienteering and hiking. Survival skills are tested at the annual cold camp in February and summer camp takes scouts further afield to locations across the UK.  Every three years, we visit Kandersteg International Scout Centre in Switzerland.