Duke of Edinburgh Award

Background Information

The Duke of Edinburgh programme is designed for 14-25 year olds, regardless of ability, gender, background or location, and enables them to challenge themselves, pushing personal boundaries and have fun. Through the different activities, young people develop life and employability skills such as resilience, problem-solving, team-work, personal drive and commitment.

The Duke of Edinburgh programme is a register charity whose aim is to increase opportunities for young people.

There are 3 levels to the programme: Bronze, Silver and Gold. We are offering Bronze to all students in Year 9 of September 2021 and above.

For further information, click here: What is the DofE? – The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

 

Activities

  • Volunteering: This is, quite simply, about giving up your time to help others, the community or society, the environment or animals. You will need to do something useful for a charity or not-for profit organisation without being paid. You can volunteer on your own or with a friend.
  • Skills : You will need to choose an activity where you are developing a new skill. Be aware that this cannot be your physical activity. This is intended to broaden your understanding and increase your expertise in a skill.
  • Physical: choose any sport, dance, fitness activity – anything which requires a sustained level of energy and physical activity.
  • Expedition: For the Bronze award, this is a 2-day, 1-night residential. Young people will be active for 6 hours each day and camp for one night.

Young people need to complete the Skills, Volunteering and Physical for one hour a week for 3 months (one Activity needs to be 6 months). Students will only be able to take part in the Expedition once they have completed the other three Activities.

Why should you get involved?

It is hugely exciting to be able to offer this to such a large number of students and to be able to support them in completing this. Year 9 will need to stay for Period 5 from September on Wednesday finishing school at 4.30pm. During this time, they will be able to complete their Activities and prepare for the Expedition.

DofE is a national recognised Award and is well respected in all fields. Therefore it will be beneficial to be able to add DofE Bronze Award to any CV, job application and/or university application.

It will be hard but you will love it! You will create lasting memories and feel a massive sense of achievement once you complete it!

To hear testimonials click here: How doing your DofE can help you navigate our new world – The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

 

Adult Leaders

We are keen to be able to engage as many students as we can with the Bronze Award and the staff are keen to help. We have a number of skills, volunteering and physical activities for students to choose from for Period 5.

Each student will have a Leader who will support them throughout the year with the forms, eDofE and motivation.

For the Expedition, we will have trained Supervisors who will be there to support you and ensure that you are safe as you complete your residential challenge.

The Manager of DofE will be Mrs Wilmore, Assistant Head, and the Assistant Manager will be Mr Jones.

 

What’s next?

Parents will have received a letter via SchoolComms explaining how to register your interest. Please do so by July 16. In September, your child will work with their allocated Leader to register onto eDofE and then start their Skills activity.

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A copy of the letter can be found by clicking this link