THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH'S AWARD

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is the world’s leading achievement award for young people.

It is a balanced programme of activities which develops the mind, body and soul in an environment of social interaction and team working.

It allows students to develop:

  • An awareness of their potential

  • New talents and abilities

  • An understanding of their own strengths and weaknesses

  • The ability to plan and use time effectively

  • The ability to learn from and give to others in the community

  • New relationships

  • Skills including problem solving, presentation and communication

  • The ability to lead and work as part of a team

 

The award involves 4 sections (5 at Gold level):

 

Volunteering: undertaking service to individuals or the community

 

Physical: improving in an area of sport, dance or fitness activities

 

Skills: developing practical and social skills and personal interests

 

Expedition: planning, training for and completion of an adventurous journey in the UK or abroad

 

At Gold level: participants must do an additional fifth Residential section, which involves working  and staying away from home doing a shared activity

Volunteering, Physical and Skills sections need to be undertaken for a minimum of one hour per week, for a pre determined number of months. The activities can be done as part of an organised group or individually.

In Year 10:

Students get the opportunity to take part in the Bronze Award.  Support is provided in school by the DofE Team to ensure students are able to complete and log evidence for the Volunteering, Physical and Skill sections.  Training is also provided to enable students to undertake the expedition section.  Practice and assessed expeditions are organised and run through school in Term 3 of Year 10.

 

In Year 12:

Students are able to participate in the Gold Award.  Again, support is provided in school by the DofE Team to ensure students are able to complete and log evidence for the Volunteering, Physical and Skill sections.  Ideas and support are provided to organise the residential placements and training is provided for the expedition section.  Practice and assessed expeditions are organised and run through school in Term 3 of Year 12.  Due to the necessary time commitments, the Gold award is completed by students over the course of Year 12 and Year 13.

Our DofE Team at Sacred Heart:

Staff
Role
Miss Evans
Manager
Mr Stapleton
Leader
Miss Peacock
Leader
Mr Mulhearn
Leader
Miss Mackay
Leader
Miss Tyrer
Leader
Miss Baldwin
Leader
Mr Gould
Leader
Miss Thompson
Assessor
Mrs Banfield
Assessor
Mr Ashton-Thompson
Award Verifier

For More Information:

 

Please contact Miss Evans (enquiries@shhs.org.uk) for more information on the award at Sacred Heart or visit the DofE website for more general information https://www.dofe.org/do/