The Duke of Edinburgh's Award

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award provides an enjoyable, challenging and worthwhile programme of personal development, which is of the highest quality and the widest reach. One of the world’s leading youth achievement awards it pushes personal boundaries and helps pupils to grow in confidence and develop useful skills. It is available to those in the Fourth Form (Year 10) and above as one of their Service Afternoon options.

"DofE is a challenge, but the reward at the end makes the whole task worthwhile. It tests your personal ability and gives you confidence for future challenges!"

Rosie PidgeonSchool Captain

At Reed’s we offer 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 programme is delivered under special licence to ensure it meets specific standards.

There are various sections and pupils must complete a certain number of hours in each section in order to gain their award. The hours depend on which level of award is being worked towards.

  Bronze (14+) Silver (15+) Gold (16+)
Volunteering Two sections for 3 months, the other for 6 months 6 months 12 months
Physical One section for 6 months, the other for 3 months One section for 12 months, the other for 6 months
Expedition 2 days, 1 night 3 days, 2 nights 4 days, 3 nights
Residential           n/a          n/a 5 days, 4 nights

Approximately 150 pupils at Reed's participate in the scheme via 'eDofE'. This is an interactive online system that helps pupils manage their DofE programme and assists their Leaders to monitor their progress. Pupils get a Welcome Pack, which contains a 'Keeping Track' booklet and information for each of their assessors. Pupils have until the age of 25 to complete any section – many complete their Gold Award whilst at university.

"The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award has helped countless young people on their sometimes difficult path to adulthood."

HRH The Duke of Edinburgh KG KT

Visit the Duke Of Edinburgh's Award website for further information