Duke of Edinburgh's Award

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is a voluntary, non-competitive programme giving young people the opportunity to experience new activities and develop existing skills. The Award is widely recognised within the education system and by future prospective employers. Its balanced programme of activities support the individual’s personal and social development and encourages them to take part in exciting, challenging and enjoyable things in their free time. Some of the benefits to students undertaking the Award are:

  • A sense of identity; increased self-belief and self-confidence
  • Enjoyment and building positive team focussed relationships
  • New skills, talents and abilities
  • Exciting opportunities
  • A sense of achievement; the DofE Award is achievable by all
  • Independence; planning, problem solving, leading


There are three levels to the DofE Award (Bronze, Silver and Gold). Students in Year 9 and Year 10 who have chosen to participate this year will complete the Bronze Award for which there are 4 sections:

Section Requirements
Volunteering – undertaking service to individuals or the community 3 months, 1 hour per week minimum*
Physical – improving in an area of sport, dance or fitness activities 3 months, 1 hour per week minimum*
Skills – developing practical and social skills and personal interests

3 months, 1 hour per week minimum*

Expedition – planning, training for and completion of an adventurous journey

Practice: 1 day/1 night                            Qualifying: 2 days/1 night

*Students will also have to complete an additional 3 months in one of these sections.

Students will be responsible for planning their own programme of activities which can include attending enrichment activities and/or after-school clubs or groups, both within the Academy or elsewhere. There will be support provided by staff within the Academy to mentor, advise and guide students through the programme. The fourth section, the expedition, will be arranged by fully qualified members of staff and appropriate training will be provided.