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 were given the opportunity to start their award and this is continuing into 2018.
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.
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 participant’s eDofE account. Full details and training will be given in lunchtime sessions throughout the academic year.
We do ask that students make a commitment to complete the three sections before Easter in the academic year as this ensures that all who attend the expedition go on to complete their award and often then go on to Silver.
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. Current Year 9 students were able to complete the online application via this link and pay for £35 (via ParentPay) by September 14th 2018.
The other costs are for the expedition which is £60. This is not payable until later, if completed with school. The other sections’ costs will depend on what you choose 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 2019
Expedition training day: 9th March and 10th March 2019 9.30am – 4pm at SCD
Parents' meeting: 9th March 2019 3.30pm – Drama Hall
Expedition 1: Friday 10th – Saturday 11th May 2019
Expedition 2: Friday 21st – Saturday 22nd June 2019
DofE Celebration: 4th July 2019 (TBC) Barbirolli Hall 7-8pm
Parents of students currently in Year 8 will be invited to the Market Place in September 2019. At this event, you will be able to see what the previous year group have been up to and stay for a meeting from 8-9pm to ask questions and find out more about the Award.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org