Burnley students on target for bronze and silver in prestigious awards

Students from a Burnley high school have travelled from Pendle to the Peak District for their Duke of Edinburgh Awards.

Students at Blessed Trinity RC College get prepared for their Duke of Edinburgh awards
Students at Blessed Trinity RC College get prepared for their Duke of Edinburgh awards

More than 50 participants from Blessed Trinity RC College completed their bronze and silver awards, with the bronze award taking to the hills of Pendle and the silver to the Peak District.

Blessed Trinity is a prestigious Duke of Edinburgh Direct Licence Centre and has one of the largest DoE cohorts in Lancashire.

PE teacher Louise Place has been to Buckingham Palace twice as recognition for her Duke of Edinburgh work, volunteering for 25 years.

Creating realistic looking wounds is part to the theatrical make-up side of the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme for pupils at Burnley's Blessed Trinity RC College.

As well as the outdoor section, students also took part in a volunteering, skills and physical section with students learning some skills for life, including British Sign Language and theatrical make-Up.

Louise said: “They have been learning how to use sign language to communicate as well as looking into barriers for those with a hearing impairment.

“The students have picked up the skills incredibly quickly and show great enthusiasm and interest in this.

“They have also been learning how to apply make-up to each other to simulate wounds. They are currently being taught how to do this by one of our talented Year 10 students.


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These students are learning British sign language as part of the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme.

“So far they have created amazing deep cuts, bullet wounds and wounds with an object stuck in them. They have picked up the skills incredibly quickly often fooling staff into believing they are real!”

For the volunteering section, students have helped in animal shelters, at food banks and they have become ambassadors in schools, worked at charity shops and helped in primary schools.

For the skills section, pupils have participated in sports leadership, fly-fishing, acting and singing as well as sign language and theatrical make-up.


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For the physical section, pupils have completed dance, fitness, team sports, horse riding, and Martial Arts.