Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

What is the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award?

Most people who know about the DofE award think of a group of students hiking through the countryside weighed down with an overloaded rucksack. This is a major part but there are 3 (4 in the case of Gold) sections to be completed. These are:

  • Expedition
  • Physical Skill
  • Volunteering
  • Residential (Gold only)

Duke of Edinburgh
More details can be found here

It is this framework of activities that make up the award.

Why do a DofE award?

There are many reasons to do your DofE award but here’s a few:

  • It is fun.
  • It is an adventure.
  • It is a challenge full of new experiences.
  • It enables you to discover new talents.
  • It is a recognised award (and you may include things you do anyway).
  • It is a way to make a difference in the community, be healthier, make new friends and some fantastic memories.
  • It provide skills for life and work – see what the newspapers say; Telegraph, Independent.
  • It is looked upon favourable by Companies and Universities.

What awards can you do at Belper School?

This year the intention is to run Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards.  In the first instance contact the Duke of Edinburgh co-ordinator.

Key Dates for 2015/2016


Bronze Practice Expedition (Group A)  Tuesday 14 to Wednesday 15 June 2016

Bronze Practice Expedition (Group B) Thursday 16 to Friday 17 June 2016

Bronze Qualifying Expedition Monday 18 to Thursday 21 July 2016


Silver Practice Expedition Wednesday 21 to Friday 23 October 2015

Silver Qualifying Expedition Wednesay 6 to Friday 8 July 2016


Gold Practice Expedition Wednesday 13 to Saturday 16 April 2016

Gold Qualifying Expedition Sunday 3 to Friday 8 July 2016