Duke of Edinburgh Award
What is the Duke of Edinburgh Award?
The award provides students with a balanced programme of activities that develops the whole person – mind, body and soul – in an environment of social interaction and team working. Taking part builds confidence and develops self-esteem. It requires persistence, commitment and has a lasting impact on the attitudes and outlook of all young people who take part.
Why take part in the Award?
Achieving an Award will give you skills, confidence and a view on life that everyone is looking for, from employers to colleges and universities.
You are getting recognised for doing things you want to do (and may even be doing already).
You will make a difference to other people’s lives and your community, be fitter and healthier, make new friends and have memories to last you a lifetime.
Doing your DofE really does give you the skills for life and work.
What award do we offer?
Here at Lode Heath School, we currently only offer the Bronze Award, this is made available to pupils in Year 9 and Year 10.
What does the Bronze Award involve?
Students will be required to complete the four sections (skill, volunteering, physical and expedition) in order to obtain the Bronze Award level. These must be covered for certain timescales.
Volunteering - GIVING UP YOUR OWN TIME TO HELP OTHERS. This can be anything from volunteering in a charity shop, helping to run a sport's club or working with the environment in a local park or nature reserve.
Physical - PLAYING a sport regularly. Any activity which improves your health or physical fitness counts so going to the gym, playing club football, swimming, or boccia all are perfect for this section.
Skill - DOING A HOBBY. Examples include: playing a musical instrument, performing magic, web design, but feel free to challenge yourself. Why not try rocket making or snail farming?
Expedition - 2 separate two-day trekking and camping excursions into the English countryside. Be prepared to push yourself physically and mentally and, of course, have a barrel of laughs!
Lode Heath School provides the expedition section of the award. This involves your training and teaching of skills you will need such as map reading, route planning, camp cooking etc.
The Bronze level expeditions require you to complete a two day one night’s trip. At this level, the practice is held at locally and the assessment in the Cotswold’s. The environment that the expeditions take place in must be normal rural countryside.
The practice allows you the chance to get to know your group and iron out any issues, and the assessment is where an external assessor will be in attendance, and they check that you possess the skills required to complete the expedition.
For more information please contact Miss K A Onions via her email ().
You can also find more information on the official website here:
Students that are currently enrolled:
To update your volunteering, physical and skills section of the DoE Award - Log in here.
You will need your username and password.
Your assessor can complete the Bronze Level Assessor Cards above or submit their report online by following the link below. They will need to know your name, your eDofE number, the section and level they are assessing, the duration of the section (3 or 6 months) and the start and end dates.
Find links below to documents you may need whilst completing your award: