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    DofE - Information for Pupils and Parents

    The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is all about going the extra mile – gaining new skills, pushing yourself physically, helping others and exploring new activities. At the same time, you’ll gather friendships, experiences and memories that will last a lifetime.

    You can choose the activities that motivate you (many are already available at School as extra-curricular options) and go on your own personal journey. We know from other participants that the DofE helps you stand out from the crowd when you apply for university and jobs. 

    The Awards

    As a DofE Directly Licensed Centre (DLC) we offer all three award levels:

    • Bronze - in the Third Form
    • Silver - in the Fourth Form
    • Gold - in the Sixth Form

    View DofE delivery model showing participation expectations by year group and month (pdf download, also available at the bottom of this page)

    Activities

    Each Award requires the successful completion of four section activities (five at Gold), requiring you to give a regular commitment averaging a minimum of at least an hour a week during non-curriculum time for the required timescale.

    You take responsibility for sourcing and arranging your Volunteering, Physical, Skill, (Residential at Gold) section activities/opportunities with a suitable provider, who will take responsibility for activity supervision and act as an Assessor. They must be willing to provide a brief report confirming that you have taken part in the activity, averaging at least one hour a week (or two hours a fortnight), for the entire timescale - and have made up for any missed time by extending the timescale.

    Current Volunteering Opportunities

    • Energy Envoys: Volunteer to learn all about energy and make a difference to the people and places around you! 

    Useful documents (pdf downloads, also available at the bottom of this page)

    eDofE

    You will be allocated an individual eDofE account which can be accessed via smart phone, tablet, laptop or PC. You are required to enter personal details, along with submitting activity ideas for approval by the DofE Manger.

    Only once the activity has been approved should your participation commence as outlined above. You should evidence attendance with activity logs and completion with an assessor’s report, which you upload onto your eDofE account and submit for approval by the DofE Manager. Once they approve the final section activity as completed, the account is automatically forwarded for verification.

    Any queries during this process, either from the DofE Manager or DofE Verifier, will see participants alerted through a message to their eDofE account. 

    eDofE help:


    Expedition

    Each Award section activity is equally as important as the others in terms of individual development, however the Expedition section generally requires more advice and guidance for pupils and parents alike.

    If you are unable to attend school expedition opportunities, or wish to access expeditions using alternative modes of travel then DofE Expedition Approved Activity Providers (AAPs) must be used for practice and assessed ventures.

    Residential (Gold Award only):

    This section involves spending 5 days and 4 nights away from home on a shared activity with other people you’ve never met before, along with numerous other requirements.

    To ensure requirement compliance it is essential to research the opportunity, then, before making attendance arrangements, complete a Residential approval form for consideration by the DofE Manager:

    Although it is not a requirement to use a DofE Residential AAP, it guaranties requirement compliance.

    • Watch a video, below, made by a group of our Sixth Form girls, sharing their experiences on their Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award Assessment Expedition to Northumberland at the end of August 2017.

    Award presentation

    DofE Bronze & Silver Award recipients will be announced at assembly and invited to collect their certificate from the Headmaster.  Following the presentation of the certificate, pupils should collect their DofE badge from the DofE Manager.

    DofE Gold recipients will be announced at assembly and invited to collect their badge or brooch from the Headmaster. Gold recipients (prior to completion) will have indicated if they (and any guests) would also like to attend a Gold Award Presentation (GAP) at St James’s Palace, in the presence of the HRH The Duke of Edinburgh or HRH The Earl of Wessex.

    DofE Enquiries

    DofE Manager

    01480 862234

     

     


    Useful Documents and Forms