Bronze Award

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 will be given the opportunity to register for their Bronze award. The expectation will be that the expedition is completed in September/October of Year 10. This will allow tstudents to start their Silver Award in October 2017 and complete Silver expeditions in Year 10, avoiding the GCSE exam period.

Bronze timescales:

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 with a cheque by Friday 17th February 2017.

The other costs are for the expedition which is £60, if completed with school. The other sections costs will depend on what you choose to do.

Bronze Award Key Dates:

Current Year 10 – Cost of Expedition £60

Deadline for completing assessor’s reports for Volunteering, Physical and Skill: 9th January 2017

Expedition training day: 4th March 2017  9.30am  – 4pm at SCD

Parents' meeting: 4th March 2017 3.30pm – Drama Hall

Practice expedition: Saturday 6th – Sunday 7th May 2017

Qualifying expedition: Friday 9th – Saturday 10th June 2017

Market place expedition assessment: June 2017


Current year 9 – Cost of Expedition £60

Deadline for application forms and payment: 17th February 2017

Students will be registered over Christmas but can begin their three sections.

Students to log all their sections on eDofE website: January 2017

Expedition training day: 17th June 2017

Practice expedition: 16th - 17th September 2017

Qualifying expedition: 13th - 14th October 2017

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:


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