DofE volunteer boom 

Nearly 100 Year 9 and 10 students are currently taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme at Hanham Woods Academy.

Some 97 students have just completed 494 hours of volunteer work as part of the initiative’s Bronze Award level.

Benefiting both the local and wider community, students undertook a range of volunteer work which included animal welfare, litter-picking, working in charity shops, and working with Girlguiding and the Scouts.

 It takes, on average, 9-12 months to complete this level. Other elements include physical and skills-based tasks.

Emily Baker, DofE manager at the school, said: “I am immensely proud of the students’ contribution to their local community. We now look forward to completing their expedition in October to gain their Bronze Award.”