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)

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; TelegraphIndependent.
  • It is looked upon favourable by Companies and Universities.

What awards can you do at Belper School?

The intention is to run Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards.  In the first instance contact the Duke of Edinburgh co-ordinator at  belperschool@belperschool.co.uk.

Students considering the Bronze Award may find the following information useful – Presentation

Dates for the Academic Year 2022-2023

Silver Final (Year 11 and 12) Wednesday 28th -Thursday 30th June
Bronze final (Year 10) Tuesday 18th – Thursday 20th July

Provisional dates for the Academic Year 2023-2024

Bronze Day Walk (Year 10) Friday 19th April
Bronze Final (Year 10) Thursday 23rd – Friday 24th May
Silver Final (Year 11) – TBC End of June, after exams Wednesday – Friday
Silver Practice (Year 10) – 3 Days Enrichment July
Gold Practice (Year 12) – TBC Enrichment July