The Duke of Edinburgh Award

Brompton Academy offers Year 9, 10 and 12 students a chance to participate in The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. The DofE programme has been successful in enhancing school learning and achievement, securing personal and social development and encouraging good citizenship. The Award is recognised internationally and is well regarded by Higher Education establishments and employers.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award gives opportunities for personal development and achievement through community and social involvement, adventure, and the discovery of new talents and interests.  The programme is modular and has three Award levels. Each level consists of four sections which prove commitment, fitness, tolerance of others and teamwork. You will recognise all of these qualities as those held in high esteem in our society.

The 3 award levels are:

Award Commitment
Bronze A minimum commitment of 6 months (aimed at years 9, 10 and 12 students.
Silver A minimum commitment of 12 months (aimed at students who have already passed their Bronze Award).
Gold A minimum commitment of 18 months

A flavour of a Dofe expediton


The Bronze  and Silver Awards includes:

SECTION 1 : VOLUNTEERING – To encourage service to others.  This requires that young people show a commitment to helping others, either by learning about a community service by attending an organised course, or providing service to other people in need. This should be carried out for a minimum of 3 months.  Some examples are Young Leaders at Scouts / Guides or Cadets, helping run school clubs and fund-raising. 

SECTION 2 :  SKILLS – To encourage discovery and development of personal interests and social and practical skills. This requires young people to commit to a hobby or skill for a minimum of 3 months.  Hobbies that are already being followed can count eg : playing a musical instrument, or there are over 200 suggested skills recommended by the scheme.

SECTION 3 : PHYSICAL RECREATION – To encourage participation and improvement in performance. Young people must undertake a minimum of 3 months participation in a physical activity. Most sporting activities will count towards this section as does dance and horse-riding.

In addition, for Bronze an extra 3 months commitment must be added to any one of these three sections and for Silver students need to complete two sections and 6 months and one at 3 months. For Silver direct entrants students must complete one section at 12 months, one section at 6 months and one section at 3 months.  This allows for as much individual flexibility as possible.

 SECTION 4 : EXPEDITIONS – To encourage a spirit of adventure and discovery under remote supervision. In teams of between 4-7, young people are trained in camping and navigation skills under the supervision of qualified leaders. They must then complete a supervised practice journey in unfamiliar surroundings comprising approximately 15 miles walking over two days with an overnight camp. They will then be required to complete a similar assessed journey, reporting at checkpoints throughout. A qualified Assessor monitors their progress and assesses the group performance. The expedition normally take place between March and October.

DofE at Brompton Academy

Currently at the Academy, Years 9, 10 and 12 take part in the Bronze Award and Year 10 and 12 students who have completed their Bronze Award can register for the Silver Award.

Dates for your diary

Event Date
Training for Bronze and Silver January 2020
Parent/Carer DofE Expedition Information Evening Wednesday 4th March 2020
Bronze Practice Expedition Thursday 12th - Friday 13th March 2020
Bronze Assessed Expedition Thursday 26th - Friday 27th March 2020
Silver Practice Expedition Thursday 23rd to Saturday 25th April 2020
Silver Assessed Expeditiong Thursday 14th to Saturday 16th May 2020
Cooking Elective Terms 4 & 5
First Aid Elective Terms 4 & 5

DofE Images

Dofe Staff

Julia Culham – DofE Manager UKAT

Mr Webster – Senior DofE Leader, Assessor and Supervisor BA

Mr Whitehead – Senior DofE Leader, Assessor and Supervisor CG

Miss Newington - Co–ordinator and Leader CG

Miss Hill – Leader UKAT

Mr Hardman – Leader UKAT

Mr Jefford – Leader UKAT

Mr Goode – Leader UKAT

Mr Obadan – Leader UKAT

Miss Goosey – Leader UKAT

Miss Asprey – Leader UKAT

Mr Fox – Leader UKAT

Mrs Banner – Electives UKAT

Miss Tivey – Administrator BA

Miss Dexter – Administrator CG

Mr Wyatt – Parent/Carer Volunteer UKAT

Thomas – WoW employee and Ambassador UKAT

Evan – Ambassador BA

Cian – Ambassador BA

Isabelle – Ambassador CG

More Information

For more information visit or contact the DofE Team at

Useful Documents

DofE Information Booklet

Programme Planner - Bronze

DofE Programme Ideas

Programme Planner - Silver

DofE Expedition Kit List

Activity Log - Physical

EDofE User Guide

Activity Log - Skills

Latest DofE Magazine Issue

Country Side Code

Expedition Foods

Packing Your Rucksack

Activity Log - Volunteering

Expedition Menu Plan