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Duke of Edinburgh Award

Students in Year 12 have the opportunity to complete the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award (DofE).

The award is the world’s leading achievement award for young people and since 1956 over 8 million young people have participated 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 sections for 3 months)

  1. Expedition: Plan, train for and complete one Bronze: 3 day, 2 night expedition

Full details are given to participants and parents following their successful application and registration. Students will develop a range of skills including:

  • 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.

Students are encouraged to use activities that 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.

The 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 online DofE Account and are thoroughly prepared for the expeditions.

We hope that our students will find participation enjoyable, fulfilling and rewarding.

Timeline for the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award

October  Assembly presentation to Year 12 on Bronze DofE

Student Application form returned. Parent information letter sent out to successful applicants. Completion of enrolment form and deposit payments made.

December - March

Formal Registration online for DofE.

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

By end of March : Full completion and approval on e-DofE of both the 3 month sections.

May/June Parent Meeting
By end of June Full completion and approval on e-DofE of the 6 month section


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

There will be a number Compulsory school timetabled sessions during the year mostly from March onwards with some repeat sessions for absent participants.

These 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 school sessions.

Assessed Expedition: All Bronze Participants

June (date TBC)

DAY 1: 7.00am meet for a 7.30am departure, Training Day for Bronze participants: Overnight camp.

DAY 2: 10.00am: Formal start of Assessed Expedition.  6 Hour walk for Bronze: Overnight camp.

DAY 3: 6-hour walk for Bronze. Pick up from St Mary’s 6.00pm (approx)

Autumn Term (date TBC)

Formal Presentation of Awards. For convenience, we will link this to an evening when Y13’s and their parents will be in school for a Parents Evening.

  • For more information, please contact our School DofE Coordinator via