Thomas Willingale School and Nursery

Junior Duke

We are very excited to be introducing Junior Duke in the Autumn of 2022. We are offering the first award to 30 children who want to take part in KS2. Eventually we hope to offer it to our younger children too.


Leyton Orient Football club have kindly offered to be our ambassadors and are supporting us along the way. A male and female player will be at our assemblies and the award presentation afternoon teas to help us celebrate.


In a busy world it's too easy to do things for children, but when should they begin to take responsibility for themselves?
Mini Duke and Junior Duke Awards - is an award scheme for primary-aged children to encourage and develop valuable life skills.


This Award has been running in schools since 2007 and has helped thousands of children aged 6 to 12 to realise their abilities and, for some, to discover new talents and passions.


There are seventy, age-appropriate challenges in total from Reception to Year 6. These involve a whole array of life skills. These challenges are split into seven progressive booklets (one for each school year) and, as we all know that the curriculum is fit to burst, it is intended that children complete the tasks at home with the help of parents and family. Once a challenge has been completed, a teacher will assess them – this is a quick read of his or her self-reflection, a look at the photos and maybe a taste of the food he or she has created.

The challenges range from First Aid, eco, exercise, domestic challenges, budgeting for packed lunches, fixing a puncture, building a fire, baking, cooking, washing sheets, making PowerPoints and public speaking, knitting, litter-picking….all manner of things!


Charlie Pegrum, Aaron Drinan, Leanne Bates and Joanna Roman from Leyton Orient who visited our school for an assembly