Year 12 Silver DofE Award

St Mary’s Catholic School Sixth Form -2019/2020 

From September 2019 the school will be running the Silver Award of the Duke of Edinburgh for the new Year 12. 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 Silver are: 

Volunteering (6 months), Physical (3 or 6 months) and Skills (3 or 6 months) (One section for 6 months and the other section for 3 months)

Plan, train for and complete a 3 day, 2 night Expedition (and a 3 day, 2 night practice too!). 

Direct entrants (those without the Bronze Award) must undertake a further 6 months in the Volunteering or the longer of the Physical or Skills sections.

The Silver award will take a minimum of 12 months for direct entrants and 6 months for those students who have already achieved the Bronze award. 

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 and 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.

We hope that our students will find participation enjoyable, fulfilling and rewarding and further details will be made available early September 2019 for an early October start.


Key Dates

September 2019 Year 12 Assembly presentation and applications for places 

End September 2019 Confirmation letter and Payment and Registration for Duke of Edinburgh

During October 2019 Skills, Physical and Volunteering activities undertaken

Autumn 2019 & Spring 2020 Weekly timetabled sessions on e-DofE, First Aid, Map Reading, Cooking with a Trangia, Menu Planning, Packing Rucksacks, Appropriate Clothing, Pitching Tents, Countryside and Highway Code, Health and Safety issues etc 

By February 1st 2020 Full completion on e-DofE of the 3 month sections.

By April 20th 2020 Full completion on e-DofE of the 6 month section. 

Only those participants who have fully completed at least two sections on e-DofE will be taking part in the expedition section.


Practice 3 day 2 night Expedition (Dates TBC includes training day)
Assessed 3 day 2 night Expedition (Dates TBC) includes training day)

Mr P Dolman.
DofE Co-ordinator
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