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Duke of Edinburgh

The Duke of Edinburgh Award is a challenge open to all young people aged between 14 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 14 (Y9), Silver 15 (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 135 Year 9s enrolled on the Bronze Award, 45 Year 10 and 11s enrolled on the Silver Award, 20 Year 12s on the Gold Award and 24 Year 13s, 5 of whom have now completed their award and attended a garden party at Buckingham Palace to collect their Award. We have started next enrolment for Bronze Silver and Gold for the 2019 expedition season.

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                                      

Application forms for all three levels were submitted during September 2018.

Over the past four years, the Award has gone from strength to strength. Numbers starting the Award have increased and we achieved the highest number of completed awards in the county for 2017-2018 at 203 students.

 

Bronze (completion)

Silver

Gold

2015

60 (60)

0

0

2016

105 (86)

14 (14)

0

2017

240 (203)

0

24 (8)

2018

135 (130)

53 (10)

20

 

Many students at Silver and Gold take at least 12 months and some 18 months to complete their awards and so completion is not due for many until the end of this year.

Adult volunteers

We wouldn’t be able to run such a successful programme without the help of 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 online adult application form available at the bottom of the page. We ran an Expedition Supervisors course on Saturday 29th September at SCD. Further courses are planned for January 2019. On Saturday 17th November, we will have a supervisor session which will include some “classroom” teaching and a circular walk with lunch stop to teach navigation skills.

To sign up to help click here. Please note that information submitted via this form will only be used to communicate with you about your offer of volunteering and not passed to third parties.

To contact the DofE leaders Mrs Kirby and Mr Taylor please email: dofe@stclementdanes.herts.sch.uk

 

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