Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
HRH The Duke of Edinburgh first considered the idea of a national programme to support young people’s development in 1954, so that young people make the best use of their free time, find interests and acquire self-confidence and a sense of purpose that will support them into their future and help them to become well-rounded citizens.
The scheme is available to young people aged 14 to 24. There are three levels to achieve, Bronze, Silver and Gold, each comprising of four sections: Volunteering, Physical, Skills and Expedition, with an additional Residential section at Gold level. As the levels of the award are moved up some each section becomes more challenging in the amount of time taken to complete so that, by the Gold award, it will take over a year to gain. More information can be found at the award website.
At Verulam we have a long tradition with the Award that sees over 50% of those able to take up the award do so. The result is now that we are one of the largest and most successful units in the County. We have seen pupils; learn new skills like gardening, cooking and woodwork; take up new sports such as scuba diving, cycling and climbing; volunteer as young carers, sport coaches and conservationists. Below is information on our expedition visits which form the highlights for students, staff and parents alike.
Click on an award below for further information
DofE Support and Training
For general Dofe help, visit their dedicated support portal by clicking here
Alternatively, we’ve compiled the new DofE training videos into a playlist. Click the icon in the top right of the video frame to view all 26 videos.