Duke of Edinburgh Award

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The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is a voluntary, non-competitive programme of activities for anyone aged 14-24. Doing their DofE gives young people the opportunity to experience new activities or develop existing skills. The academy offers the award at Bronze level and Silver level for students in either year 10 or 11.

Young people create their own DofE programme by choosing a volunteering, physical and skills activity and then planning and carrying out a challenging expedition as part of a team.

Bronze Award

The Bronze award is open to young people aged 14 and over. Each participant will take part in volunteering, skills and physical activities of a minimum of three months duration and will choose one of those sections for six months. The expedition section requires them to plan and carry out an expedition on foot lasting two days with an overnight camp. The young people will need to consider every aspect of the expedition including what food to take, clothing required and route choice. During the training for the expedition each participant will become competent in navigation, safety in the countryside, campcraft and first aid.

The expedition usually takes place in the Derbyshire Peak District and is timed to avoid the worst of the weather.  The expedition season begins in late March when British summertime starts and ends in October when British summertime ends.

Silver Award

The Silver award is open to students aged 15 and over. This award builds on the skills and experiences of the Bronze award and demands further commitment and dedication to complete volunteering, skills and physical elements for a six month period. The expedition section at Silver level is also more challenging being a three day expedition with two overnight camps. The areas chosen for the expedition will be less familiar and more challenging and may take in more mountainous and wild terrain than that of the Bronze award.

The expedition will take place in the Peak District and will take in some more high level and scenic routes.

The key dates are:

Bronze Award Silver Award
Training Days 23rd and 24th April 2016 23rd and 24th April 2016
Practice Expedition 5th and 6th July 2016 5th, 6th & 7th July 2016
Qualifying Expedition 19th and 20th July 2016 19th, 20th, 21st July 2016

Additional sessions will be held after school to ensure that all students have covered the training framework prior to going out on expedition.  These dates will be notified to the students.  Attendance at the after school sessions will be essential for all students.  The dates for additional training and planning sessions after school have been scheduled for Thursday 5th May, Thursday 12th May, Tuesday 28th June and Wednesday 29th June.  Sessions will be 3:30pm – 5:30pm


The DofE Co-ordinator and Expedition Leader for the academy is Mrs Emery. Our additional expedition leaders are Neil Weightman and Connor Weightman.

Additional Information

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Code of Conduct View/Download <1 MB
Duke of Edinburgh Expedition Food Information View/Download <1 MB
Duke of Edinburgh Kit Checklist View/Download <1 MB
Ideas for Expedition Aims View/Download <1 MB


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