The Wider Curriculum

Expeditions and The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award


The Expeditions Programme ensures that a Harrow Shanghai student receives a wealth of stimulating, diverse and challenging experiences, either within China or abroad. Whilst ensuring a safe yet challenging environment, students are enticed out of their comfort zones and encouraged to push themselves, ask questions, work with others and make just choices. Time for debrief and reflection allows students the opportunity to reassess their actions and decisions, before they face the next obstacle.

The Expeditions takes place annually in March. It provides a clear progression of activities and expectations – from the first night away from home as a Year 1 pupil to life changing experiences in other parts of the world as a sixth former.


At Harrow we are delivering the International Award which is highly recognised by employers and educational institutions worldwide. To complete the award, students should commit to a series of activities over a ten month period. These activities can be completed within school and in the community, for example, volunteering at a pet shelter or leading a club at school.

There are four different elements to the award, volunteering, skill, physical and the expedition. A student who completes the Duke of Edinburgh Award reflects commitment and the Award indicates that they are a good team member with wide ranging skills.  The Duke of Edinburgh Award helps develop a student’s lifelong learning and self-motivation through completion of the challenges.

It is extremely important for young adults to take part in outdoor activities, as this will challenge them physically and prepare them for other social aspects of life in regards to team work, key communication skills and resilience. This challenge allows students to discover the world around them through learning new skills and taking part in experiences that will help build them as young people.