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Duke of Edinburgh Award

The Kingswinford School is a licenced centre for The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is a nationally recognised award that is part of our school’s commitment to offering high quality extracurricular provision.

The components of the award also reflect the school’s desire to equip students with relevant life skills that will also serve them well as they make their way toward higher education and employment.

The school offers Duke of Edinburgh’s Bronze and Silver Awards. Students from Years 9-11 volunteer to take on the challenges posed by the different aspects of this award. The award is achieved by completing a personal programme of activities broken down into the sections shown below.

More details about the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme can be found here or by emailing dofe@kingswinford.windsoracademytrust.org.uk

The award is achieved by completing 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.

We offer an extensive range of extracurricular activities that can help students to complete each section. Activities students do outside of school could also count towards the different sections. Students are encouraged to choose activities that motivate them and go on their own personal journey. We expect all participants to abide by the DofE 20 Conditions during their expedition section.

Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award

Timescales

The Physical, Skills and Volunteering sections must be undertaken once a week, with two of these sections to be completed over three months, and one over six months. Although students will be assisted in selecting appropriate activities and monitored throughout the delivery of the award, completion of these sections will primarily be the responsibility of the students taking part.

Commitment and cost

Although students will have regular meetings with our DofE staff to receive support, we would like to remind you that, as this is an extracurricular activity, we expect students, as well as parents/carers, to ensure that the different sections are completed and they are done so on time.

Please ensure that your child is committed to completing all four parts of the Award, with a view to completing by July.

Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award

Timescales

The Physical, Skills and Volunteering sections must be undertaken once a week, with two of these sections to be completed over 6 months, and one over 3 months.

If your child did not complete their Bronze Award, they are required to do an extra 6 months either volunteering or whichever of the Physical or Skills section they did for 6 months. To summarise, if they have not done Bronze, they will do one section for 12 months, another for 6 months and the remaining one for 3 months.

Commitment and cost

Although students will have regular meetings with our DofE staff to receive support, we would like to remind you that, as this is an extra-curricular activity, we expect students, as well as parents/carers, to ensure that the different sections are completed and they are done so on time.

Please ensure that your child is committed to completing all four parts of the Award, with a view to completing by July.

Preparing for expeditions

Remember to put the dates in your diary for the relevant practice and qualifying expeditions.

To make sure your son/daughter has the right equipment you can view the DofE kit list here. Tents, stoves, maps and compasses are provided.