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The Duke of Edinburgh's Award

D of E LogoThe Duke of Edinburgh's Award gives students the chance to take part in an achievement focused, voluntary, flexible and non-competitive programme of activities for personal development. Participants are able to have fun, whilst learning skills and practical know-how making for an impressive CV. Those taking part get involved in challenging adventures, make new friends, improve personal fitness, develop confidence and self-esteem, enhance career prospects and, to top it all off, achieve a prestigious Award.

In taking part, students develop:

  • Self-belief
  • A sense of identity
  • Independence of thought and action
  • A sense of responsibility
  • An awareness of their potential
  • New talents and abilities
  • An understanding of strengths and weaknesses
  • The ability to plan and use time
  • The ability to learn from and give to others in the community
  • New relationships
  • Skills including problem solving, presentation and communication
  • The ability to lead and work as part of a team

How does it work?

When students are in Year 9 and have turned 14 they are given the opportunity to work towards 'Bronze' level. Students in other year groups may also opt to join and work towards any of the other two levels of Award, Silver and Gold, if they so wish. They work through a number of activities at their own pace with guidance from their D of E Leader. They have until their 25th birthday to complete any of the Awards, and can work their way up to achieve the next level after the minimum period of participation (see below). All participants must also undertake a further 3 months in either the Volunteering, Skills or Physical Section. It is a flexible programme with a wide range of options. Minimum standards of achievement are laid down and when they are met, the participants qualify for the Award. Through experience participants learn the importance of commitment, enterprise and effort, and hopefully come to know the enjoyment of working with and for other people.

There are 3 levels of Award:

  • Bronze (Year 9) - minimum 6 months
  • Silver (Year 10) - minimum 12 months
  • Gold (Year 11) - minimum 18 months


There are 4 sections to each level:

  • Volunteerig - helping others
  • Skills - developing personal interests
  • Physical Recreation - encouraging physical fitness & an active lifestyle
  • Expeditions - undertaking an adventurous journey in a group

N.B. Those working towards 'Gold' must also take part in a residential project.

Foot Expeditions

The following is an indication of the amount of time/distance that will be covered during a foot expedition at all three levels.

Level Time (per day)
Bronze At least 6 hours
Silver At least 7 hours
Gold At least 8 hours

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