Duke of Edinburgh's Award
Chigwell students participate with great enthusiasm in The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme right up to the Gold Award level. The various components of the scheme are challenging and require real commitment - however, most students complete the challenge very successfully. The scheme requires pupils to prove a good level of self-motivation by taking the lead and organising community service programmes, as well as 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 the Lower Fifth taking part at Bronze level. For the Silver groups, there is a choice of canoeing or walking expeditions: the walkers go to the South Downs and the Yorkshire Dales, and the canoeists train in Harlow and complete their assessed trip in Oxfordshire on the River Thames. Gold walking trips take place in Snowdonia and Scotland, and canoeing expeditions travel to the Lochs in Scotland.
The School has a thriving Scout Troop for boys and girls in the IIIrd and IVth forms, with currently nearly 40 members. We also have an Explorer Scout Unit of about 20 members for pupils in the Senior School. Both meet weekly in term-time on Thursdays after school. There are regular expeditions events at weekends. At Easter the Explorers sometimes visit the Scottish Highlands, and every summer all Chigwellian Scouts go on Summer Camp, which in the last few years has seen us in Hampshire, Guernsey, the Isle of Man and the Isles of Scilly. Every three years we visit Kandersteg in Switzerland.