Duke of Edinburgh Award

Awards and Success

GEMS Metropole School is excited to offer the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award from September 2020. This globally recognized award equips young people for life and work.

Not all learning happens in the classroom. Young people need experiences outside the classroom to become committed, responsible and fulfilled future leaders of the world.

What is the Duke of Edinburgh's International Award?

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is also known as DofE, The Head of State Award, The President's Award Scheme, The International Award for Young People, and the Governor General's Youth Award. The Award is available to all 14-24 year olds and is the world’s leading youth achievement award. It equips young people for life regardless of their background, culture, physical ability, skills and interests. Doing the Award is a personal challenge and not a competition against others; it pushes young people to their personal limits and recognises their achievements. 

Since its launch over 60 years ago, the Award has inspired millions of young people to transform their lives. Through non formal education, the Award can play a critical role in a young person’s personal development and is achievable by any 14-24 year old who wants to take up the challenge.

Why take part in The International Award?

Universities and employers are now looking at what candidates can offer and are young people prepared for the next step in their careers. The International Award can make an excellent contribution to a candidate’s personal and social development, helping to develop:

  • Self-belief and self-confidence
  • A sense of identity
  • sense of responsibility
  • New talents and abilities
  • Team-working and leadership skills
  • The ability to learn from and give to others in the community
  • Independence of thought and action
  • An awareness of their potential
  • New relationships
  • Key skills including problem-solving, presentation and communication


Universities and employees in many companies think highly of the International Award and it can be included in students’ personal statements and job applications in future careers. In addition, students can meet new friends to develop teamwork and leadership. Please see the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award website for more details: http://intaward.org/




What is the Junior Duke Program?

The Junior Duke program has been launched for primary aged children to encourage and develop valuable life skills and help build their self-confidence. This program gives children the opportunity to complete sets of challenges designed to teach life skills such as changing a tyre, sewing, cooking and much more!

There are different Junior Duke Awards; Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum. Ultimately, the Junior Duke Program teaches children to ‘have a go’ and builds resilience for the children to become independent leaders.


What are the benefits of the Junior Duke Program?

  • Bringing families together
  • Helping build a community feel
  • Creating natural conversation
  • Giving a feeling of belonging
  • Creating opportunities for parental links
  • Finding and developing independence
  • Discovering self sufficiency
  • Increasing resilience families

  • Student Life

    GEMS Metropole School strongly embraces the belief that learning occurs in many different settings beyond the walls of a traditional classroom. GEMS Metropole offers programs that introduce students to a variety of exciting, stimulating and enriching experiences.


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