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Achieving Excellence Beyond Belief

Parents  - DofE


Duke of Edinburgh Award

DofE website (Parents Information)

How DofE runs at Sandy Secondary School  

DofE is the leading youth achievement award and helps young people stand out of the crowd when applying for jobs, apprenticeships and further education. Employers value the Award highly as it develops interpersonal and team work skills.

We are a newly Directly Licensed Centre for DofE, working closely with the Central Regional Team. The Award is run in school by Miss E Hart, a Teacher and a DofE Gold Award holder. 


What is Duke of Edinburgh’s Award?

The DofE is a life-changing adventure you don’t want to miss. 

It’s about going the extra mile –learning new skills for work and life, getting fitter, helping others, and exploring the countryside.

Millions of young people in the UK have already done their DofE.


The DofE is a nationally and internationally recognised Award favoured by employers. Participants develop key employability skills and attributes valued in young recruits. These skills include communication, teamwork, problem solving, self-management and a positive approach to work.


Achieving a DofE Award requires resilience and commitment and enables young people to see how their efforts add value and impact, both to themselves and others. The experiences gained through completing a DofE programme provides them with plenty of discussion points at interviews and examples of situations where they have demonstrated skills such as leadership, team building, commitment, perseverance and organisational skills.


What is involved?

You achieve an Award by completing a personal programme of activities in four sections:

  • 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, you must do an additional Residential section, which involves working and staying away from home doing a shared activity.



Dependant on which level you participate at will determine the length of time you undertake each section for.

Who can participate in the Award?

Anyone aged between 14 -25.

You can do DofE programmes at three levels:

  • Bronze (aged 14+)

  • Silver (aged 15+)

  • Gold (aged 16+)

Cost for the award

Please note there is a cost involved in the award, this varies for each section dependant on what the participant choses to attend for each. The expedition will incur a separate cost dependant on level of the award.

The initial registration for the Award is between £23-30 (dependant on level), this includes enrolment/registration onto the online system and a welcome pack to be sent via post.

So why should you do your DofE? What are you going to get out of doing it? Well, the benefits of achieving your Gold Award are endless. It’s difficult to list them all, so here’s a quick snapshot:

  • You’ll gain skills that employers’ value, which you can easily reference on your CV

  • Stand out from the crowd by highlighting activities that are related to your future career or studies in college, university and job applications

  • Get healthier and happier

  • Meet incredible people and make lasting friendships

  • Have amazing new experiences

  • Find talents you didn’t know you had

  • Become more confident and independent

  • Make memories that will last a lifetime

  • You’ll have fun.



eDofE User Guide for Participants

Activity Log Physical

Activity Log Skills

Activity Log Volunteering

Programme Ideas

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