The Duke of Edinburgh's Award

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award at Woolmer Hill School

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is a life changing experience: an opportunity to discover new interests and talents, have a fun time with friends and gain essential skills and attributes for work life.

Anyone between the ages of 14 and 24 can complete a DofE programme at one of three progressive levels which, when successfully completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

At Bronze and Silver level participants will: volunteer to help a person or community, become fitter, develop new skills, plan, train for and complete an expedition and, for Gold only, work with a team on a residential activity.

Any young person can do their DofE – regardless of ability, gender or background. It isn’t a competition but rather about setting personal challenges and reaching personal goals.

By completing a DofE programme young people have the opportunity to make new friends, improve their confidence and self-esteem whilst enhancing their future CVs and college, university and job applications.

Woolmer Hill is an accredited licensed organisation and the staff here will support your young people through their programme, helping them to choose their activities, set their objectives and achieve their Award.

We offer the Bronze award to Year 9 and 10 students and will be launching the Silver Award in 2020/21.

DofE

The Bronze Award

It will usually take 6 months to complete your Bronze programme. The Award is made up of the following four sections:

  • Volunteering: 3 months
  • Skills: 3 months
  • Physical: 3 months
  • Expedition: 2 days / 1 night

Participants will also undertake an extra three months on either one of the Volunteering, Skills or Physical sections.  We also run a one night training session to ensure all participants’ are fully equipped to succeed.

The Silver Award

It will usually take 6 months to complete your Bronze programme. The Award is made up of the following four sections:

  • Volunteering: 6 months
  • Skills: 3 months (please see below)
  • Physical: 3 months (please see below)
  • Expedition: 3 days / 2 nights

Participants will also undertake an extra three months in either the Skill or Physical sections.

Direct entrants (those who haven’t completed the Bronze Award) must undertake an additional 6 months in either the Volunteering or the longer of the Physical or Skill Sections.

Enrolment on the Award

Woolmer Hill launch the Awards at the beginning of each academic year at a Parent and Student Information Evening. Once your child is enrolled, a participant handbook will be posted to your home address containing section assessment reports, helpful information and a discount card for a number of outdoor stores. Your child will also be sent a link to their email address which will allow them to sign in to the DofE website and log their activities.

Training and support

Woolmer Hill provide a full training and support package designed to support participants in achieving the Award.

Parental support

Participants will need your support with organising any activities outside of school, transport and general discussion around how they are progressing through the Award.

For more information about the student led sections please visit www.dofe.org where you will find a list of suggested activities for the Physical, Skills and Volunteering sections. Many clubs and activities offered in school satisfy the requirements of these sections. Before starting any of the sections, Mr Steels, Woolmer Hill DofE Manager will need to approve the activity.

Time requirement for the Award

It is important to understand the commitment and time required to undertake The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. A minimum of one hour per week will need to be undertaken for the Physical, Volunteering and Skills sections. Any weeks missed due to illness, holidays or because an activity is seasonal must be added on.

Participants do not have to progress through all three sections at the same time, however not doing so will increase the time taken to achieve the Award.

Expedition Kit List

The DofE Kit List is available on the DofE Website; www.dofe.org. The items that are provided by the school include stoves, fuel, maps, compasses and safety equipment.

Any questions?

Should you have any further questions about The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award at Woolmer Hill, please contact Mr C Steels, Woolmer Hill DofE Manager at csteels@woolmerhill.surrey.sch.uk.

 

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