Duke of Edinburgh
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award consists of three levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold.
Pupils achieve at each level by completing a personal program of activities in four sections (five for Gold): Volunteering, Physical, Skills, Expedition and for Gold, a Residential. Pupils help people or the community, become fitter, develop skills, go on an expedition and take part in a residential activity (Gold only).
For more information about the volunteering, physical and skills sections please download the Program Ideas lists here
Pupils sign up at the start of Year 9 and start some of the planning and preparation.
Pupils can only be officially registered with DofE and therefore start their four sections after they have turned 13 years and 9 months.
The expeditions are held towards the end of Year 9 to hopefully allow everyone to participate. The practice expedition is from Bockett’s Farm to Bentley Copse Scout campsite, and the final expedition runs from near Leith Hill to Ranmore Common YHA campsite and back to School.
Pupils sign up at the start of Year 10 and start some of the planning and preparation.
Pupils can only be officially registered with DofE and therefore start their four sections after they have turned 14 years and 9 months.
The practice expedition in the New Forest is held during the activities fortnight at the end of Year 10. The final expedition in the Black Mountains, Wales is held during October half term of Year 11.
Pupils sign up at the start of Year 12 and start the planning and preparation.
Students can only be officially registered with DofE and therefore start their five sections if they are 16.
The expeditions are currently held in the Brecon Beacons, Wales during the first week of the October half term and in the Lake District during the first week of the summer holidays.