The Duke of Edinburgh's Award

We are thinking of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, his family, and his legacy. Generations of young people have had the opportunity to take on the life changing challenge of a DofE Award.

Thank you, Your Royal Highness, for the incredible legacy you leave through DofE, empowering young people across the world with the skills, confidence and resilience to make the most of life and make a difference to the world around them.

We are particularly proud of our involvement in The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is a national scheme for young people between the ages of 14 and 25. The Scheme demands considerable commitment and determination and many universities and employers recognise the value of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award as it shows the holder has self-discipline, enterprise and perseverance. It has a positive impact on young people’s lives, in terms of their personal development and employability.

Students are required to make a contribution back to their community, with activities such as fund raising, conservation, working with children and first aid all counting towards the Award. The skills section encourages students to try or develop a skill, whether it is cooking, photography, learning a new language, or playing a musical instrument. Physical recreation can include the usual team sports, but also activities such as shooting, kayaking, table tennis and yoga. The key principle in all of these sections is that the students are choosing their own activities and participating for a sustained period of time.

There are three levels of programme which, when successfully completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. The main differences between them are the minimum length of time they take to complete, how challenging they are and the minimum age you can start.

The three Award levels are:

Bronze – for those aged 14+ years

Silver – for those aged 15+ years

Gold – for those aged 16+ years

At Abbot Beyne School we have a very successful pass rate for our students achieving their award. We have seen over 150 students receive their Bronze and Silver Award since we began in 2017, with many returning to complete the next award with us. It gives the students a chance to show their potential outside the classroom and develop key skills such as leadership, communication, resilience and building relationships with staff in a different environment. We ensure that The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is for everyone and that we create a safe and fun learning environment throughout the whole award.

We hold meetings every Tuesday for Bronze, every Thursday for Silver and Friday for Gold Award students. This is so that we can ensure students are keeping up to date with their sections and that we can teach them some of the skills and practices beforehand. We use Showbie to keep evidence, upload videos and to help students with information and tasks we set before the expeditions. A Duke of Edinburgh’s Award logbook has been created at our school to help with the understanding of the award.

We hold several practice walks before expeditions to test map reading skills, fitness and ability to work in a team before students go onto the expedition.

For more information, please contact Mr Lynch j.lynch@abbotbeyne.staffs.sch.uk

We also have several members of our cohort who have become Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Ambassadors for the school in which they received training and developed their knowledge further. It also looks good on their CV. Four of the last Head students at Abbot Beyne School have all achieved their Bronze and Silver Award, Ambassador training and are currently on the Gold Award.

Some things said by the students who have been on the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE):