Traditionally, the Bronze award has been offered to students at the end of Year 9 with the expedition being completed in Year 10. The Duke of Edinburgh Award has recently changed the age at which we can start the Bronze Award; students can now start their Bronze Award in the academic year in which they turn 14.
From December 2016, students in Year 9 were given the opportunity to start their award.
Volunteering section: 3 months
Physical section: 3 months
Skills section: 3 months
Expedition section: 2 days/1 night, both Practice and Qualifying, together with 1 day training
Students also have to do 3 more months in one of the Volunteering, Physical or Skills sections.
How much does it cost?
The cost of registering for the award is £35. This covers your welcome pack, an administration charge to Hertfordshire County Council and school's administration charge. To apply for a place (current Year 9 students only) please download the application form from the bottom of the page and return it to Student Reception by 3rd November. A parent pay for £35 will then be set up and will need paying by 20th November 2017.
The other costs are for the expedition which is £60. This not payable until later, if completed with school. The other sections' costs will depend on what you choose to do.
Bronze Award Key Dates:
Year 9 (Sept 2018) – Cost of Expedition £60
Deadline for completing assessor’s reports for Volunteering, Physical and Skill: Easter 2018
Expedition training day: 3rd March 2018 9.30am – 4pm at SCD
Parents' meeting: 3rd March 2017 3.30pm – Drama Hall
Practice expedition: Saturday 12th – Sunday 13th May 2018
Qualifying expedition: Friday 8th – Saturday 9th June 2018
Market place expedition assessment: 21st June 2018
If a student is unable to attend the school expedition, there are many other opportunities on offer; full details can be found on the DofE web site. Here you will find a list of Approved Activity Providers (AAPs) who do “open expeditions”. Any student can apply to do these expeditions in their own time and still complete their award with school.
Find AAP’s here:
For more information about the award visit:
To contact the DofE leaders Mrs Kirby and Mr Taylor please email: firstname.lastname@example.org