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 13 (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 Duke of Edinburgh 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 D of E Award can also give you the edge when you apply for college, university or a job.

Put simply, the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme 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 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 199 Year 9’s enrolled on the Bronze Award, 55 Year 10 enrolled on the Silver Award, 35 Year 12 and 13’s on the Gold Award. To date we 19 who have now completed their award and attended a garden party at Buckingham Palace or an award ceremony at St James Palace. The next enrolment will be June 2020 for Bronze Silver and Gold for the 2021 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     

The applications process is all done electronically now via the students Show My Homework Account. Letters for the 2020 – 2021 expedition season will be sent out in June/July.                                 

Over the past years, the Award has gone from strength to strength, numbers starting the Award have increased year on year. We are proud to say we were the school who achieved the most Awards in the county for 2017-2018 at 203 students.


Bronze (completion)




60 (60)




105 (86)

14 (14)



240 (203)


24 (17)


135 (130)

53 (10)

20 (1)


168 (131)

55 (46)

8 (1)


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 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 Assessors. If you have experience in walking, navigation and camping and would be willing to help out during the expedition season or during school lunchtimes / after school, we would love to hear from you.

We are running an Expedition Supervisors /Assessors course on Saturday 7th March 2020 at SCD from 9am -4pm. To register for this course, click here.

Sign up to help with expeditions click here.

To contact the DofE Manager Mrs Kirby please email: