Duke of Edinburgh Scheme
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) Scheme was founded in 1956 by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh. His aim was to give the young people of the time a challenge to go out and experience different physical activities, meeting people and making new friends, become more self-sufficient, to help others and develop new skills. These are still very much relevant today.
The DofE Award, as it is more popularly known today, is open to all Priory Academy LSST students from the age of 14. There are three Award levels; Bronze, Silver and Gold. Within each level there are four sections, although at Gold level the scheme includes a fifth “residential" element. The sections are; Physical, Skills, Volunteering, and an Expedition. Self-development plays a key part of the award. As students’ progress through the levels, the time element within sections becomes longer culminating in the Gold Award which is 12 months (18 months for direct entry) with an 80km expedition in Wild Country over four days. Although the award is available to anyone between the ages of 14 and 25, it is the aim of the academy that DofE Awards are completed within the time frame of Years 9 to 13. There are ten “Guiding Principles” which are at the heart of the Scheme and drive the programmes.
- The DofE Award is non-competitive.
- The DofE Award should be achievable by all.
- It is voluntary.
- The DofE Award should inspire personal and social development.
- The DofE Award is personalised to fit the needs of the individual participant.
- The participant should complete a balanced and wide-ranging programme.
- The DofE Award is progressive through its levels in terms of time, commitment and responsibility from the student.
- Before starting an activity the participants are encouraged to set their own challenging goals; the aim being that if they achieve these and show improvement they will achieve the DofE Award.
- The DofE Award programme demands a high commitment and level of perseverance.
- The participant should find the activities both enjoyable and rewarding.
More information can be found by looking at www.dofe.org
If you have any questions please contact Mrs C Thompson on LSSTDofE@prioryacademies.co.uk or via 01522 871395.
2018/2019 DofE Application Process:
The window to apply for a place in the 2018/2019 cohort opened in May 2018 with the closing date of June 15th 2018.
Year 9 will receive an assembly introducing the award. The letters of application will then be released by email to all Year 9 students along with the agreed forecast of events for the training year. Those wanting to apply for the award must complete the application, hand written and submit by the June closing date. The applications will then be sifted and results will be communicated direct to the candidate’s home address. Places are limited for the Bronze award to 42 candidates. A reserve list will be established but no guarantees can be made as to whether we will be able to call forward any of those on this list.
The Bronze Award will costs £250 (this includes all training, expeditions and loan equipment) and candidates will be required to commit to 6 Saturday training days and two 2 day expeditions (a practice and the qualifier). This is in addition to their individual section commitments for 3 - 6months.
Year 10 have already received an introduction to DofE last year so due to limited assembly availability throughout the examination period, the whole year group will be emailed the Silver applications and invited to apply for 21 places as per the Bronze process. The Academy will accept direct applicant Silver candidates on merit. A reserve list will be established but no guarantees can be made as to whether we will be able to call forward any of those on this list.
The Silver Award will costs £300 (this includes all training, expeditions and loan equipment) and candidates will be required to commit to 6 Saturday training days and two 3 day expeditions (a practice and the qualifier). This is in addition to their individual section commitments for 6 - 12months.
This year’s closing date for the Bronze and Silver applications is Friday 15th June 2018
The Gold Award will costs £350 (this includes all training, expeditions and loan equipment) and candidates will be required to commit to 6 Saturday training days and two 4 day expeditions (a practice and the qualifier) and a 1 week residential course. This is in addition to their individual section commitments for 12 – 18 months.
Year 11 and new 6th form applicants will be emailed and encouraged to apply for the Gold award if they have previously completed at least one of the earlier awards (Bronze or Silver) or the International Award. Due to the difficulty of the navigation and expedition side of the award, direct entry is generally inappropriate. Individual cases with significant walking and navigating experience may be considered.
With the examination season and students arriving to at the Academy for the sixth form, the closing date for Gold Applications will be extended until Friday 14th September, with the introduction session scheduled for Saturday 16th September.
External Candidates. If you are joining our Academy in the next year and wish to be considered for a DofE place then please contact Mrs Thompson (LSSTDofE@prioryacademies.co.uk) as soon as possible so that you can be included in the application process. This includes existing DofE participants moving to this Academy.
The Academy does limit the places available each year at the three levels. In order to secure a place on the DofE Award students must complete an application process to bid for a place.