Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme
There are various organisations who help subsidise the cost for individuals undertaking the D of E award.
For over 60 years now the Duke of Edinburgh's Award has been available to young people aged 14 to 25. At Edgbarrow, we are in our 6th year of operating the Bronze award. The Duke of Edinburgh Award is a challenging programme of activities which will help you learn new skills, help others and experience adventure and it will give you a great sense of achievement.
We run the Bronze, Silver and Gold awards here at Edgbarrow School. We work with two expedition companies to deliver training and expedition logistics:-
- Inspired expeditions (www.inspiredexpeditions.co.uk) are organising our Bronze Walking, Silver Paddling and Gold International (Scotland and Norway) Expedition
- Inspired Expeditions presentation: Bronze & Silver canoeing
- Expedition Wales (www.expeditionswales.co.uk/) are organising our Silver and Gold, Walking and Mountain Biking Expeditions
- Expedition Wales presentation: Gold walking and Silver walking & biking
The Bronze Award is being offered to Year 9s. There is no longer an age restriction so they can start at the beginning of the academic year.
The Silver award is being offered to Year 10s and Sixth Form. Bronze is not a prerequisite. You can start Silver before you complete your Bronze. You can start collecting evidence on different sections from the start of the academic year (1st September).
The Gold award is being offered to Sixth Formers. Bronze and Silver are not prerequisites. You can start Gold before you complete your Silver. You can start collecting evidence on different sections from the start of the academic year (1st September).
A DofE programme is a real adventure from beginning to end. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you’re from. You just need to be aged between 14 (you can start in the academic year you turn 14) and 24 and realise there’s more to life than sitting on a sofa watching life pass you by.
You achieve your Award by completing a personal programme of activities in four sections (five if you're going for Gold) - Volunteering, Physical, Skills, Expedition and for Gold, a Residential.
You'll find yourself helping people or the community, getting fitter, developing skills, going on an expedition and taking part in a residential activity (Gold only).
The best bit is - you get to choose what you do!
Your programme can be full of activities and projects that get you buzzing, and along the way, you’ll pick up experiences, friends and talents that will stay with you for the rest of your life.
Time Commitments - view Training Calendar
Bronze consists of the Expedition section culminating in a 2 day assessed expedition. Meanwhile, participants should be undertaking 3 months of at least 1 hour a week for each of their skill, physical and volunteering sections. An additional 3 months is undertaken in 1 of these 3 to make a total of 6 months. Most participants aim to complete their award within 12 months.
The Silver expedition section consists of a training weekend and two separate 3 day/2 night expeditions. Meanwhile, participants should be undertaking 6 months volunteering and 6 months skill or physical. The remaining section is for 3 months. If Participants have not completed Bronze then one of their 6 month sections must be extended to last 12 months.
The Gold expedition section consists of a training weekend and two separate 4 day/3 night expeditions. The second one is assessed. Both expeditions have to be in “wild country” – i.e. one of our national parks. You also need to complete a 5 day residential activity for Gold that involves staying away from home doing a shared activity with people you don’t know. Meanwhile, participants should be undertaking 12 months volunteering and 12 months skill or physical. The remaining section is for 6 months. If Participants have not completed Silver then one of their 12 month sections must last 18 months.
Useful Documents and Letters
General Documents for Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards
To help with your application please think about what you would like to do for each section. There are lots of useful documents and help on the D of E website. Here are some useful links:
Program planners to assist your planning of each section are available here:
These should not be handed in with your application but are to help you and for your own reference. The documents linked above are all on display on the D of E noticeboards in school as well. Once you have decided what you want to do you can submit all your activity plans in a single document to the eDofE website using the eDofE Program Planner.
For further information visit the D of E website
eDofE is the D of E online system that means you can record your D of E programme eDofE website
Silver and Gold Expedition to the Brecon Beacons - April 2017
On the weekend of 26 - 30 April, 15 Year 12s and 32 Year 10s headed off to the Brecon Beacons for their practice Duke of Edinburgh expeditions. The Year 12s, who are completing their Gold Award, set off from Edgbarrow on Wednesday, with the Year 10 Silver participants meeting them down there the following day. Fears of snow came to nothing, and the weather held up for the most part. The gold groups spent four days walking up in the hills of the Beacons.Four Silver groups walked their way through the valleys of the national park, while a fifth Silver group took to their mountain bikes for their expedition. This was no stroll in the park, and every group’s stamina, resilience, strength and will were tested, with every one of them coming through with flying colours. Every participant did their school proud, giving an epic effort even when they felt they couldn’t do it any longer. By Sunday afternoon when the groups had finished, feet, legs and backs were sore, but spirits were still high. Of course, no journey home would be complete without a stop in motorway services for a bucket of fast food: a feast for champions!
For further information regarding our Duke of Edinburgh Scheme please email