The Duke of Edinburgh's Award
The DofE Bronze Award
Is offered to students in Year 9 and taken up by approximately 40% of the year group. We launch the DofE Award in the Autumn Term with an assembly to the whole cohort, and an information evening for parents. Participants generally start their activities in January which provides enough time for the award to be completed by the end of the academic year.
The DofE Bronze Award consists of 4 sections; Physical, Skill, Volunteering and Expedition, with students taking responsibility for identifying opportunities to complete these. The DofE team will support participants by highlighting opportunities in the local area and within school.
Students will choose how to structure their award; from the Physical, Skill and Volunteering sections one must last for six months, the other two for three months each. Students that successfully complete the award make pre-existing enrichment activities fit their award structure.
The expedition section is delivered by the school DofE team and our AAP. Our training weekend usually takes place in early June with the practice and qualifying expeditions following in late June and July each year.
2022 Expedition dates: TBC
The DofE Silver Award
The DofE Silver Award is offered to students from Year 10 onwards and also has four sections, Volunteering, Skills, Physical and Expedition. The timescales are longer for some of the sections, it will take you at least 6 months if you’ve already achieved your Bronze, or 12 months if you’ve jumped straight into Silver.
The DofE Silver Award at a glance:
- Volunteering section: 6 months
- Physical and Skills sections: One section for 6 months and the other section for 3 months.
If you didn’t do Bronze, you must undertake a further 6 months in either the Volunteering or the longer of the Physical or Skills sections.
Students are entitled to carry on activities from their Bronze award but we do encourage them to try something new. This is particularly relevant as they begin to consider future employment or training in a particular field. All students are expected to manage their DofE participation by regular use of their eDofE account.
As with Bronze, the expedition section is delivered by the school DofE team and our AAP. Our Silver training day usually takes place in May with the practice expedition following in the June of each year. Qualifying expeditions take place either at the end of July or the start of the autumn term when students are in Year 11.
- Training: 1 day at school
- Practice Expedition: Forest of Dean, 3 days/2nights
- Qualifying Expedition: Wye Valley, 3 days/2 nights
Silver Award (Video)
The DofE Gold Award
Gold Award (Video)