DofE

Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme is the world’s leading youth achievement award. It encourages young people to push their personal boundaries, gain new skills and enhance CVs and University applications.

At Wellington the DofE scheme is voluntary with pupils able to enter the Bronze award in year 9, Silver in year 10 and Gold in year 12. There is every opportunity for pupils to gain all three awards and perhaps go to Buckingham Palace to accept their coveted Gold Award.

Qualified leaders guide pupils through the various sections of the award and then onto, and often the highlight, the expedition.

Our belief at Wellington is that if you are participating in the award and each year you take regular physical activity, learn a new skill, volunteer to help in your local community and go on a challenging adventure, then you have gone a long way to making the best of your time at the school.

There are further details at: www.dofe.org

Bronze

Pupils can start their Bronze DofE at the start of Year 9. They have weekly meetings after school to organise their personal programme and to train for the expedition component. Pupils will then typically participate in three training days, a two day practice expedition and a two day final expedition.

Expeditions and training typically take place on the Quantocks and Exmoor.

We would anticipate the pupils should be able to complete their Bronze Award by the end of Year 9. Completing the Bronze Award reduces the time needed to complete their Silver Award from 12 months to 6 months.

Any queries about Bronze DofE should be directed to Miss Jago.

The timescales are given below:

Volunteering Skills Physical Expedition
2 sections for 3 months and one for 6 months 2 days, 1 night

Silver

Pupils can start their Silver DofE at the start of Year 10. They have weekly meetings after school to organise their personal programme and to train for the expedition component. Pupils will then typically participate in three training days, a three day practice expedition and a three day final expedition. Some pupils take the option of mountain biking or canoeing, instead of walking, for their expedition.

Expeditions and training typically take place on Exmoor and Dartmoor.

We would anticipate the pupils should be able to complete their Silver Award by the end of Year 10. Completing the Silver Award reduces the time needed to complete their Gold Award from 18 months to 12 months.

Any queries about Silver DofE should be directed to Mrs Clewes.

The timescales are given below:

Volunteering Skills Physical Expedition
6 Months One section for 6 months and one for 3 months 3 days / 2 nights
Pupils who have not completed their Bronze Award must also spend a further 6 months on either their volunteering or the longer of their physical or skills section

Gold

Pupils can start their Gold DofE at the start of Year 12. They have weekly meetings after school to organise their personal programme and to train for the expedition component. Pupils will then typically participate in three training days, a three day practice expedition and a four day final expedition.

Expeditions and training typically take place on Dartmoor, the Brecon Beacons and in Scotland.

We would anticipate the pupils should be able to complete their Gold Award by the end of Year 12. The Gold Award also contains an additional residential section.

Any queries about Gold DofE should be directed to Mr Millington.

The timescales are given below:

Volunteering Skills Physical Expedition Residential
12 Months One section for 12 months and one for 6 months 4 days / 3 nights 5 days / 4 nights
Pupils who have not completed their Silver Award must also spend a further 6 months on either their volunteering or the longer of their physical or skills section