Duke of Edinburgh


To provide pupils of The Wordsley School with an opportunity to:

  • Broaden their school experience through exploring unfamiliar environments and situations, facing a number of challenging and rewarding activities
  • Develop their decision making skills to build their self confidence
  • Broaden and develop positive relationships with a variety of peers and adults in school and the wider community

About Duke of Edinburgh Award (DofE)

The DofE is non-competitive and open to all young people – it’s about setting personal challenges and pushing personal boundaries. There are three levels of DofE programme which, when successfully completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Award.

Through their DofE, students will make friends and memories and build traits like confidence, resilience and self-esteem, which can benefit mental health. They’ll gain skills and attributes for work and life, like problem-solving, team-working and self-motivation – and they’ll achieve an Award that’s recognised by top employers and can help them stand out when applying for university or jobs.

To achieve their Bronze Award, participants must complete four sections: Skills, Volunteering, Physical and their Expedition.
Every young person’s DofE programme is personal to them – they can choose what they’d like to do for their Skills, Volunteering and Physical sections, and most activities can count. We will provide guidance and support, and students can either choose to continue an activity they already do or discover something completely new.

During and in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, participants who complete their Skills, Volunteering and Physical sections will also receive a DofE Certificate of Achievement – a formal recognition, by the DofE, of their efforts at this extraordinary time.

Activities for each section take a minimum of one hour a week over a set period of time, so they can fit around studying, hobbies and social lives. For more details about programmes and timescales visit DofE.org/do.

About the Expedition

The Expedition section involves your child working as part of a small team to plan their expedition’s aim, choose a location and do some training to make sure they’re fully prepared – before spending two days and one night in the countryside.

Ahead of this, they will take part in a series of training workshops, covering basic expedition principles, an introduction to expedition equipment and route planning and preparation. Participants will only be able to do their expedition if they attend the organised training. The expedition will take place in the summer term, at some point in June, and details about pre-expedition training will follow.

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Awards We Offer

We currently offer the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award, however, we will offer both Bronze and Silver from October 2022.

Bronze Award is offered to pupils in Years 9 & 10.

Silver Award offered to pupils in Year 10 & 11, providing that they previously passed their Bronze award.


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