Gold Award

In an exciting development for 2016 -2017, the first Gold group in many years is being set up for our Year 12 students. All students in Year 12 can apply to do their award, regardless of whether they have completed Bronze, Silver or neither award previously.

Gold timescales:

Volunteering section: 12 months

Physical and Skills sections: one section for 12 months and the other section for 6 months

Expedition section: Training Day, 4 days/3 nights (Practice) and 5 days/4nights (Qualifying) – one of these days is an acclimatisation day not on expedition

Residential section: undertaking a shared activity in a residential setting away from home for 5 days and 4 nights.

If you didn’t do the Silver Award, you must undertake a further 6 months in either the Volunteering or the longer of the Physical or Skills sections.

How much does it cost?

The cost of registering for the award is £40. This covers your welcome pack, Hertfordshire County Council's administration charge and school administration charge. To apply for a place (current Year 12s only) please download the application form from the bottom of this page (or collect one from Mr Taylor in IT3) and return it to Student Reception with a cheque before December 11th 2016.

The other costs are for the expedition which is £600 - £1500, if completed with school. The other sections' costs will depend on what you choose to do.

School Gold Expedition Dates 2017 

Training Day: 4th March 2017

Practice expedition: 31st March – 3rd April 2017 (Peak District)

Qualifying expedition: 14th – 19th July 2017 (TBC)

If a student is unable to attend the school expedition dates there are many other opportunities on offer and full details can be found on the DofE web site. Here you’ll find a list of Approved Activity Providers (AAP’s) who do “open expeditions”. Any student can apply to do these expeditions in their own time and still complete their award with school. The list also include residential opportunities, but please note that the students should not be booking these with their friends; the aim of this section is to meet new people.

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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