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Duke of Edinburgh's Award

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is a challenging programme of leisure time activities, designed to encourage young people to learn new skills, help others, and experience adventure in the outdoors.

Since its creation in 1956 by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, the DofE has gone from strength to strength. Guided by the same set of principles and by young people themselves, it’s as relevant today as it was then.

Read more on The Duke of Edinburgh Official website - www.dofe.org


The Awards

Students at Priestlands school are able to participate in the Bronze award during Year 10.

The award consists of 4 separate sections; Skill, Physical, Voluntary and the Expedition.  The first three sections are completed individually over a three to six month period and we expect them to be completed before the expedition stage.  Students must choose activities that fulfill the requirements for each section and make a weekly time commitment of one hour per week for each section.  They must keep a record of their participation.  For the expeditions, students must work in groups of between 4 and 7 students.  These groups must commit to and take part in all the essential training sessions which must be signed off before any expedition can take place.  This also includes one training walk and one practice expedition, where all members from the group must work together to achieve their aim.

February 1 2024

Dear Year 10 Parent,

Firstly I wanted to say how impressed I have been with this year’s Duke of Edinburgh Cohort, their attendance and effort in the after school sessions has been fantastic. Please can you encourage your child to add evidence and submit the assessors report for each section onto EDofE.org. Your child should be close to finishing the sections.

This email is to update you on key dates and also attached to this email is the recommended kit list. Please have a look at the kit list and if you have any questions please do get back to me. Any item that is RED can be provided by the school. This will be sorted the week of the expedition and I will update you on these details nearer the expeditions.

The dates of the expeditions are as follows for Cohort A:

Practice expedition              Saturday 11th May – Sunday 12th May 2024

Assessed expedition           Saturday 20th July – Sunday 21st July 2024

The next meeting for Cohort A is not until

Wednesday 13th March 2024 – This is also the final deadline for the remaining payments for the expeditions, if not already paid

Thanks again for your support,

Mr G Boultwood

Kit List (PDF)


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