Students in Year 9 are eligible to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award - the academic year in which they reach 14 years of age. In June 2020 Year 8 students will have the opportunity to attend a Duke of Edinburgh assembly, followed by an information evening for parents. Students will then be invited to register for their award, which will start in September of Year 9. Registration is completed online via a link on Show My Homework.
Volunteering section: 3 months
Physical section: 3 months
Skills section: 3 months
Expedition section: 6 lunchtime / online training sessions, 2 after school training sessions, a two day 1 night training expedition and a 2 day 1 night Qualifying expedition.
Students also have to do 3 more months in one of the Volunteering, Physical or Skills sections.
Each section must be completed over the time scale and must show a regular commitment. e.g. 1 hour per week for 3 or 6 months
The students will need to find an assessor for each of their three sections - this person must have an interest or expertise in the section and NOT be a family member. The students will meet with their assessor BEFORE they start their section to discuss their aims for the 3 or 6 months. The assessor will then monitor progress and write a report at the end of the time. The report will need to be submitted to eDofE.org/assessor, or photographed and uploaded to the participants eDofE account. Full details and training will be given in lunchtime sessions / assemblies throughout the academic year.
We ask that students make a commitment to complete the three sections BEFORE Easter in the academic year as this ensures that all students who attend the expedition will go onto complete their award, and many will go on to take their Silver Award.
How much does it cost?
The cost of registering for the award is £35. This covers your welcome pack, an administration charge for the Licenced Organisation and school's administration charge. To apply for a place (current Year 8 students only) please complete the online application via this link and pay for £35 (via ParentPay). (Links will be activated after assemblies and parents meeting have happened in June / July 2020)
The other costs are for the expedition which is £60 (This is not payable until later, if completed with school). We also ask for a £50 refundable deposit to hire all the necessary equipment such as rucksacks, tents and Trangia stoves. The other sections' costs will depend on what each students chooses to do.
Bronze Award Key Dates:
Year 9 (Sept 2019) – Cost of Expedition £60
Deadline for completing assessor’s reports for Volunteering, Physical and Skill: Easter 2020
Expedition training expeditions:
Parents' meeting: 9th March 2019 3.30pm – Barbirolli Hall
Practice Expedition: 20th March – 21st March OR 22nd March – 23rd March 2020
Expedition 1: Friday 1st May– Saturday 2nd May 2020
Expedition 2: Friday 26th June – Saturday 27th June 2020
DofE Celebration: Oct 2020 (TBC) Barbirolli Hall 7-8pm
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 Manager Mrs Kirby please email: firstname.lastname@example.org