The Embark Award


The Embark Award is part of our commitment as a trust to the wider offer for our children. It comprises of 100 activities for children to complete around our 4 core beliefs of Family, Integrity, Teamwork and Success.


These activities encourage family learning at home, however, we realise some children do not have the support so the activities are designed and the majority can be done in school; children will have a breadth of experiences in their primary years.


Children will work towards their Bronze Award –40 activities, Silver Award –60 Activities and then finally their Gold Award –90 Activities.


Some examples of the activities include:



  1. Cook a Family Meal
  2. Send School a postcard from holiday
  3. Join the local Library and attend with family
  4. Write/e-mail to another member of the Embark Family at a different school.
  5. Play a game with another child from the Embark Family at a different school.
  6. Interview a family member about their job.
  7. Draw a Family tree and speak to a family member about the past.
  8. Go to a place of worship with your family.
  9. Draw a portrait of your oldest family member and interview them about their past
  10. Perform at a school show to the members of your family.



  1. Raise at least £10 for a charity event
  2. Lead an assembly on a worthwhile topic
  3. Clean up the community
  4. Help improve an area of the school
  5. Keep a recycling diary
  6. Become a mini leader
  7. Care for a new child at school/become a buddy
  8. Teach someone a new skill
  9. Encourage Healthy Eating –diary/poster/research
  10. Sing in an old people’s home



  1. Participate in 3 school competitions in a year
  2. Take part in a school camp out
  3. Solve a problem with a group of friends
  4. Attend an after school club for at least 6 sessions
  5. Belong to any team outside of school and show us evidence of this
  6. Take part in an enterprise project in school
  7. Represent the school as part of a team
  8. Represent Embark as part of a team
  9. Take part in a school performance to an audience as a team
  10. Represent your class on the school council



  1. Learn a musical instrument and perform it to others
  2. Complete a reading challenge
  3. Times Tables award
  4. Spellings award
  5. Complete a school bike ride over 10 miles
  6. Perform a lead role in a school play
  7. Achieve 25 metres swimming badge
  8. Win a competition
  9. Appear in the media for something successful
  10. Piece of artwork displayed in a gallery


Congratulations Sarah Armitage MBE

01 Feb 2024

Embark Federation are delighted to inform you that our fabulous Chair of Trustees Sarah Armitage has been recognised in the New Years Honours...

Ladywood Visit

07 Sep 2023

Our Trust Leader Matthew Crawford paid a visit to Ladywood Primary School to take a look around their wonderful Art Exhibition. There were so...

Waingroves Primary visit

07 Sep 2023

Matthew Crawford our Trust Leader paid a visit to Waingroves Primary School to present the children with their Embark Awards in a special assembly.

Riddings Junior School

07 Sep 2023

Riddings Junior School had their very own Tough Mudder this year and it was a huge success!
Pupils, staff and families all took part...

Year 6 Performances

07 Sep 2023

Our Trust Leader Matthew Crawford visited the Embark Schools over the last few weeks of term and managed to watch a range of different performances...

Embark Conference 2023

07 Sep 2023

The Embark Conference was held at the Derby Arena this year and focused on our core purpose of Love Learning, Love Life. We had over 700 staff...

Derby Kids Camp Embark Week

07 Sep 2023

Some of our pupils embarked on a new adventure in the summer holidays.  They spent 6 nights on a remote location in the Derbyshire countryside....

Embark Football Tournament

06 Sep 2023

Our four secondary schools came together to take part in our first secondary football tournament which was organised and delivered by EFD Sport...

25 year anniversary celebrations!

06 Sep 2023

It was lovely to celebrate the work of some very special staff members with a beautiful afternoon tea at Horsley Lodge Golf Club.
Embark staff...

Embark Holiday

06 Sep 2023

A group of children from Kilburn Juniors, Chaucer Juniors and Ladywood Primary School all had the chance to experience a holiday in rural Derbyshire...