Duke of Edinburgh Awards


We are proud to be a registered organisation of the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

The Duke of Edinburgh award is currently available to our Year 10 students who are able to complete the Bronze award. We currently have 32 pupils in Year 10 completing their Bronze Award this year.

With the help of their DofE Leaders from the school, participants select their own programme of activities and set themselves objectives in each of the following areas:

Volunteering: undertaking service to individuals or the community.

Physical: improving in an area of sport, dance or fitness activities.

Skills: developing practical and social skills and personal interests.

Expedition: overnight camping (1 night/2 days).

In order to achieve the bronze award, the participant must work on each section for a period of 3 months (and one element for 6 months). The participant must be monitored and assessed by someone with knowledge in the activity. Students will complete an expedition and practice expedition usually in the Gortin Glens, this will involve planning, training and completion in order to be awarded their Bronze award. The benefits of achieving a DofE Award at any level are endless.

It’s difficult to list them all here… but you should definitely know how much fun our pupils have, how pushing our pupils to do new things will help them to grow in confidence and develop useful skills. Why meeting new people will inspire our pupils and lead to lasting friendships. And how a DofE Award can give our pupils the edge when they apply for college, university or a job.

Most of our students are able to complete their programmes through the school, for the physical element many of our students play for our rugby, hockey, gymnastics teams. Students are also offered the opportunity to learn a musical instrument within the school, and participate in extracurricular activities which offers them a skill.

Activities for each DofE section take a minimum of one hour per week over a set period of time, so they can be fitted in around your studies and life outside school.