The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award was established in 1956 as a way of creating opportunities for young people to learn new skills, meet new challenges and have a lot of fun in the process. We have a well established DofE program which enables a large number of pupils from across the school to complete the program.

About the Program

Our students involve themselves in a wide variety of activities on their D of E journeys – such as volunteering as athletics or football coaches, learning how to code or developing their mountain biking skills.

With the support of staff and volunteers from the wider community our students have used the D of E Award to develop their personal skills and interests while also helping others.

The expedition element is a journey over between two and four days which the participants plan and undertake independently after they have been trained by the adults leaders. For many students, the expeditions are often the highlight of award.

Why complete it

Employers, colleges and universities recognise the value of having the D of E Award on your C.V. because it demonstrates enthusiasm, resilience and community mindedness. That’s why, almost 70 years after it was created, the Award still attracts huge numbers of participants each year.

How to get involved

Registration for the Bronze award opens to year 9 pupils in the summer Term

Pupils complete a written application form which gives them an opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to completing the award. Successful applicants can then begin the award over the summer holiday with an aim to finish towards the end of year 10.

Year 12 pupils will have the opportunity to enrol on either the silver or gold level awards at the start of the year.

The gold award is a much more prestigious award however does involve significantly more commitment.

Pupils will work on these awards for the duration of year 12 with a view to completion before the end of year 13.

If you are a parent who enjoys the outdoors and has experience of hiking and would like to get involved in supporting the expedition element of the DofE program please do not hesitate to get in contact.

To find out more, check out the D of E website https://www.dofe.org/ or contact Terry McCarty via email tmc@richardhale.co.uk