The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is about giving as many of our students as possible the opportunity to take part in and experience everything the award has to offer, gaining valuable skills and preparing them for life outside of the academic setting.  

Students praised for voluntary service to our communities

Our students participating in the DofE Awards were recently presented with a Volunteer Hour Certificate for 2020 on behalf of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. Students were praised for giving over an incredible 2535 hours of voluntary service to our communities, which has provided £10,235 worth of social value back into local communities across the county.

We are proud of our students for all of their hard work, dedication and commitment over the past year, especially for how they have risen to the challenge over the pandemic. Not only does volunteering provide vital support to local communities across the country, it also provides young people with the opportunity to take part in new experiences, develop new skills and feel a sense of pride in supporting the communities that they live in.

Over the past year our students have volunteered to help elderly neighbours, within care homes and charity shops. More recently during the lockdown, they have been mentoring younger siblings and helping them with their schoolwork or homework. They have also been busy coaching siblings or another family member to learn an instrument or develop another skill, as well as organising sports sessions or arts and crafts sessions for someone they live with to participate in.

We look forward to supporting and working with our local communities in 2020/21.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is a balanced and progressive programme of activities for young people. It focuses on individual achievement in which any young person can take part and which everyone can enjoy. It is flexible enough to meet each young person’s enthusiasm and aptitudes whatever their background or ability.

There are three levels of the Award; Bronze, Silver and Gold.  At each level young people choose activities from all three sections –

  • Volunteering
  • Skills
  • Physical
  • There is also the expedition to complete.

Participation in the Award leads to personal development through the acquisition of:

  •  Qualities – Self motivation, commitment, self-awareness, initiative, persistence, self-discipline and responsibility for both themselves and their community.
  • Key Skills – Working with others, communication, problem solving

You can find out more about The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award by visiting their website here

Useful Information and Downloads

Activity Logs

Bitesize Planners

Assessor Reports