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.

The main source of information regarding the Award is the D of E website ( and almost all you need to know is discussed there.