Duke of Edinburgh (DofE)

From November 2021, after a forced break of two years, the school will once again be running the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award. This opportunity will be for the current Year 12’s as they missed out in Year 10 and it will also add an excellent enrichment opportunity to their curriculum. The school had a record total of over 100 DofE participants during 2018 and 2019 and early indications are very positive from the current Year 12 cohort following an Assembly presentation just before the October half term. All Year 12 have now been sent an application form by e-mail and they have until 6.00pm on Thursday 18th November 2021 to register on the DofE TEAMS Group and submit their application. The official DofE website is an excellent resource for both students and parents.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) is the world’s leading achievement award for young people and since 1956 over 8 million young people have participated in DofE which is now offered in more than 140 countries.

The four components of the award for Bronze are:

1. Volunteering: Bronze (3 or 6 months)
2. Physical: Bronze (3 or 6 months)
3. Skills: Bronze (3 or 6 months)
(One section above for 6 months and the other two section for 3 months)
4. Expedition: Plan, train for and complete one Bronze: 3 day, 2 night Expedition

Full details will be given to participants and parents following their successful application and registration. Students will develop a range of skills including their self-confidence, initiative, a sense of responsibility, a greater awareness of their strengths, the ability to plan and use time effectively, the ability to learn from and give back to others in the community, problem solving, presentation and communication skills, leadership and team working skills. To help the students achieve their Award they are encouraged to use activities which they enjoy and find a challenge. These may include activities in which they are already taking part or as an opportunity to develop new skills and hobbies. A DofE programme demands persistence and commitment and cannot be completed with a short burst of enthusiasm.

Students will need to attend all formal after school sessions, to ensure they update and complete their on-line DofE Account and are thoroughly prepared for the expeditions.
We hope that our students will find participation enjoyable, fulfilling and rewarding. Further details are included on the following pages.

Mr P Dolman.
School DofE Co-ordinator
E Mail: p.dolman@stmarys.net

 Year 12 DofE - Letter home to parents May 22 

Key Dates for the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award 2021-2022 

October 2021: Assembly presentation to Year 12 on Bronze DofE 

November 2021: Student Application form returned by Thursday 18th November Parent information letter sent out. 

Successful applicants complete enrolment form and deposit payments made

End of November 2021: Formal Registration online for DofE 

Completion of their e-DofE account on Skills, Physical and Volunteering and the start of these activities. 

By end of February 2022: Full completion and approval on e-DofE of both the 3

month sections. 

By end of May 2022: Full completion and approval on e-DofE of the 6 month section

Important note: Only those participants who have fully completed all sections on e-DofE will be taking part in the expedition section 

There will be Compulsory After school sessions during the year mostly from March 2022 onwards.

These three sessions will cover First Aid, Map Reading, Menu Planning, Cooking with a Trangia, Menu Planning, Packing Rucksacks, Appropriate Clothing, Pitching Tents, Countryside and Highway Code, Health and Safety issues etc

Important Note: Participants will not be able to take part in the expedition if they have not attended these after school sessions.

Assessed Expedition: All Bronze Participants

Thursday 30th June 2022: 7.00am meet for a 7.30am Depart, Training Day for Bronze
participants: Overnight camp
Friday 1st July 2022: 10.00am: Formal start of Assessed Expedition
6 Hour walk for Bronze: Overnight camp
Saturday 2nd July 2022: 6 Hour walk for Bronze, Parent Pick up from St Mary’s: 6.00pm (approx)
Autumn 2022: Formal Presentation of Awards

(We will link this to an evening when Y13’s and their parents will be in school for a Parents Evening for convenience)

We hope that our students will find participation enjoyable, fulfilling and rewarding. Please contact Mr P Dolman, School DofE Co-ordinator via E Mail: info@stmarys.net




Upcoming Events

27 Apr

Year 12 Enrichment

27 April, 2022 (4:45pm) – 14 July, 2022
27 Jun

Year 12 Work Experience

27 June, 2022 – 1 July, 2022
30 Jun

Year 12 DOE Expedition

30 June, 2022 – 1 July, 2022
01 Jul

PE Presentation Evening Sports Hall

7:00pm - 9:00pm