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The WealdCommunity School and Sixth Form

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Duke of Edinburgh Award

HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, founded The Duke of Edinburgh's Award in 1956. DofE is a flexible programme that helps develop young people for life and work. 

The DofE gives young people the chance to do something completely new and improve on things they're already doing. It takes them out of their comfort zone and into a place where they push themselves and have amazing new experiences. They'll build confidence, resilience, skills for work and friendship groups.

Looking forward, the DofE can help young people carve out a better future for themselves. Colleges, universities and employers regard a DofE Award highly so it will help to open the right doors.

There are three different levels of award, Bronze, Silver and Gold. At The Weald, we offer Bronze and Silver Awards. Students completing a Bronze Award would start in the middle of Year 9 and finish in Year 10 or 11. The Silver Award is available to Year 12 students.

There are four categories that students must complete to achieve a DofE award:

  • Skill
  • Volunteering
  • Expedition
  • Physical

DofE is very popular at The Weald and we have one of the highest participation and completion rates in West Sussex.

Our Duke of Edinburgh Coordinator is Ms E Mead, if you would like further information, please contact her via email at [email protected]

Find out more by visiting the DofE website here.

D of E Award 2020-21

As most of you already know, this Award is a National Award which involves our students in participating in 4 different activities: a volunteering activity, learning or continuing to develop a physical activity, and learning a new, or continuing to develop a skill (that is not a physical skill). 

Bronze and Silver: usually we take the students to do their final activity - the expedition - in the summer term. Unfortunately, due to Covid 19, we were unable to do this and we are still unable to hold the expeditions until at least next March, due to government restrictions on residential trips. We have 108 Year 11 students waiting to complete their Bronze Award, and 24 Year 13 students their Silver Award. At least half of them have completed the other 3 sections and are now simply waiting to do the expedition. Bronze participants can download the 2020 D of E Bronze Certificate of Achievement once they have completed (and had approved) the other 3 sections. I strongly recommend they do this.

Year 10 participants would usually have a training weekend this month in preparation for their expedition. However, we are unable to organise this due to Government guidelines, so this will take place later in the school year at a date to be decided before the expedition season begins. Meanwhile, they need to be continuing with their sections (volunteering, physical and skill) and uploading assessor’s reports once completed.

A reminder: no student can participate in the expedition until they have completed all the sections. This is now an extended period in which they can complete them. If any students need advice on what they could do for any of the activities in these times, or there are any other queries, please contact me on [email protected].

Please click on the tabs on the right-hand side to view letters and information for each year group.