Duke of Edinburgh Award (DoE)

What is the Duke of Edinburgh’s (DofE) Award?

A life-changing experience. A fun time with friends. An opportunity to discover new interests and talents. A tool to develop essential skills for life and work. A recognised mark of achievement; respected by employers.

The DofE is many things to many people, supporting generations to successfully navigate adult life.

14-24 year-olds can do a DofE programme at one of three progressive levels which, when successfully completed, leads to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

There are four sections to complete at Bronze and Silver level and five at Gold. They involve helping the community/environment, becoming fitter, developing new skills, planning, training for and completing an expedition and, for Gold only, working with a team on a residential activity.

Any young person can do their DofE – regardless of ability, gender, background or location. Achieving an Award isn’t a competition or about being first. It’s all about setting personal challenges and pushing personal boundaries.

Through a DofE programme young people have fun, make friends, improve their self-esteem and build confidence. They gain essential skills and attributes for work and life such as resilience, problem-solving, team-working, communication and drive, enhancing CVs and university and job applications. Top employers recognise the work-ready skills Award holders bring to their business.

For more information please visit: https://www.dofe.org/do/what/

DofE at Danesgate
We are very proud of the achievements of our students, where last year we had a group who successfully completed their bronze award and we currently have an bronze and silver group coming towards the end of their programme.
As part of the completion of the DofE we have seen students develop their resilience and new life skills, by completing a wide range of activities including:
  • Volunteering at a nursing home
  • Volunteering at a local nursery
  • Starting community improvement projects including litter picking. 
  • The successful completion of residential expeditions, which involved hiking, outdoor cooking and camping.

The students had an amazing time and had to overcome new personal challenges to ensure all members of the team completed each challenge. 

Get involved
DofE is open to students from Year 9 to Year 11.  If you want to be involved please talk to your Key Worker or to Luke Hammond who will then be able to provide you with more information.