Duke of Edinburgh Award
The Duke of Edinburgh Award (DofE) is the world’s leading youth achievement award, giving millions of 14 to 24-year-olds the opportunity to be the very best they can be.
Since its inception in 1956, The Duke of Edinburgh Award has been dedicated to the personal development of young people from all backgrounds. We at The Douay Martyrs Catholic Secondary School encourage ALL students to take part in this well recognised award to further their experiences for personal development and before they begin applying for university and college courses.
There are three levels of the programme which, when successfully completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award. The main differences between them are the minimum length of time they take to complete, how challenging they are, and their minimum starting age.
The scheme has been available to students at The Douay Martyrs Catholic Secondary School for over 10 years and is still going strong. We currently offer a Bronze DofE award and the programme has 4 sections: volunteering, physical, skills and expedition. Pupils need to be at least 14 years old to embark on a Bronze programme and must do a minimum of 3 months activity for each of the volunteering, physical and skills sections. They must also plan, train for and do a 2-day (1 night) expedition, and spend an extra three months on one of the volunteering, physical or skills sections.
Participants have done all sorts of things in the past for their various sections such as volunteering at a local charity shop, improving their artistic skills and setting themselves challenging fitness targets such as being able to swim 600 meters in under an hour. We have a dedicated expedition team available to assist the participants in preparing for their expedition which is a great opportunity for them to work with others in their year group in a totally different environment. We usually take students to the New Forest where they navigate through a certain route they plan for themselves and camp overnight after making dinner in the wild, which is something our students really look forward to!
For further information regarding the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme please go to: http://www.dofe.org/