The School: Duke of Edinburgh
Updated: Wed 25 Jan 2017
A brief description of DofE
DofE has been run successfully at Bulmershe School for 5 years consecutively and has become a prominent part of school life. The concept of the DofE is simple – anyone aged between 14 and 25 can take part in a programme at one of three progressive levels which, when successfully completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. Here at Bulmershe School we offer Bronze (year 9) and Silver (6th form) DofE award programmes.
There are four sections pupils will need to complete in order to achieve their full award.
With assistance from our staff, participants select and set objectives in each of the following areas:
- 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.
Each section must be done for a minimum period of time. It must be monitored and then assessed by someone with knowledge of that particular activity to achieve an Award. Each progressive level demands more time and commitment from participants. This is all tracked and recorded on the online platform students are enrolled on called e-dofe.
Participation in the DofE is seen as an important component of the broader education that is offered at Bulmershe School. We are an Independent Operating Authority for DofE and we have an experienced staff team of DofE Leaders.
School sports and clubs can all contribute towards a DofE Award. School provides training and assessment opportunities for the Expedition section too. At Bronze level this occurs locally and at Silver level we have used the New Forest, Cotswold and Marlborough areas.
If you are interested in supporting, helping or getting involved in the award then please make yourselves known to the staff as we are always keen to have more adults involved with the award.