Duke of Edinburgh

The Duke of Edinburgh Award is a challenge open to all young people aged between 13 and 25 years old. There are three levels of the award, Bronze Silver and Gold. Students can begin at any level as long as they meet the minimum age requirements: Bronze 13 (Y9), Silver 14 (Y10) and Gold 16 (Y12).

For Bronze and Silver there are four sections and Gold five sections to complete. The four sections they must complete are Volunteering, Physical, Skill and Expedition, with Residential at Gold award only.

The benefits of achieving a DofE Award at any level are endless. It’s difficult to list them all here … but you should definitely know how much fun you’ll have and how pushing yourself to do new things will help you to grow in confidence and develop useful skills. Meeting new people will inspire you and lead to lasting friendships. A DofE Award can also give you the edge when you apply for college, university or a job.

Put simply, the DofE is about helping you along the path to a productive and prosperous future. As many of our participants say, it’s life-changing.

A Duke of Edinburgh's Award is so much more than a 'pat on the back' for completing a programme of activities. It is a recognition of a young person’s successful journey of self-discovery and development, and valued by employers and universities alike for the qualities with which it imbues young people.

Its balanced programme develops the whole person - mind, body and soul, in an environment of social interaction and team working.

DofE @ SCD

At St Clement Danes we are pleased to be offering all students the opportunity to start their Bronze, Silver or Gold DofE Award.

We currently have 120 Year 10s enrolled on the Bronze Award and 24 Year 11 and 12s enrolled on the Silver Award. We are due to start our first Gold group in over 20 years this year.

To find out more about each of the levels and how it works at St Clement Danes, please click on the following links:

Bronze        Silver         Gold                                      

Over the past three years, the Award has gone from strength to strength, seeing 40 students in 2014, 60 students in 2015 and 86 in 2016 gain their Bronze Award. So far, 10 students in 2016 have achieved their Silver Award.

Adult volunteers

We wouldn’t be able to run such a successful programme without the help of the parents. Every year we have approximately 20 – 30 parents helping on the Bronze expeditions, walking with groups, camping over or manning checkpoints. We have also trained up a number of parents as Expedition Supervisors and have two parent Expedition Assessors. If you have experience in walking, navigation and camping and would be willing to help out during the expedition season (March – October) we would love to hear from you. Please complete the adult application form available at the bottom of the page and email it to

We are hoping to run some training for staff and parents on Saturday 4th February 2017. This will include some “classroom” teaching and a circular walk with lunch stop to teach navigation skills.

To contact the DofE leaders Mrs Kirby and Mr Taylor please email: