The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme

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Duke of Edinburgh Awards

The Duke of Edinburgh Award is one of the most respected leadership awards and is recognised around the world. Open to students aged 14 to 25, the award offers pupils a personal and individual challenge, helping them develop key character and soft skills for success in their future. Perhaps more important, students will develop friendships, try something new, and have experiences and memories that will last a lifetime.

Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar school is proud to offer the Duke of Edinburgh Award and is one of the most successful centres in South East London. We offer all three levels of the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme with an opportunity for Year 9 students to undertake the Bronze Award, Year 10 students to undertake the Silver Award and Year 12 students to undertake the Gold Award.

Summary of the Award Schemes

The Duke of Edinburgh Award consists of three award levels, each consisting of four sections (five at Gold):

  • Volunteering: undertaking service to individuals or the community.
  • Physical: improving in an area of sport, dance or fitness activities.
  • Skills: developing practical and social skills and personal interests.
  • Expedition: planning, training for and completion of an adventurous journey – including a practice & qualifying expedition.
  • Residential: Only at Gold, you’ll spend five days and four nights taking part in a shared, worthwhile activity with people you’ve never met before.

Students undertaking an award scheme work with a DofE Leader to plan and undertake a programme of activities. The Expedition season opens in March each year where students work with their DofE Leader and the Expedition Leaders to plan, train for and carry out an expedition in a suitable terrain.

Whilst there are minimum timescales, many students are already undertaking suitable activities and most participants continue with their activities. 

Award Season 2018-19

The 2018-19 Award Season was once again a very successful year for Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School. We were the largest centre in the local area with 149 students undertaking a Bronze, Silver or Gold award and 92% of students successfully achieved their award. Bronze and Silver students undertook expeditions in the Ashdown Forest and the South Downs whilst Gold students planned and undertook a bell-boating expedition down the River Thames during their summer holidays.

In October 2019, the school held its first Award Presentation Evening to celebrate our students achievement and were formally awarded their Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Award Season 2019-20

The 2019-20 Award Season saw 106 students complete their Bronze or Silver DofE award, while 9 of our sixth form students achieved their Gold DofE award.

Award Season 2020-21

Due to COVID, Expedition Qualifiers could not take place during this time. Nevertheless in this season 91 Bronze Award and 46 Silver Award students received a Certificate of Achievement for completing their Skill, Volunteering and Physical hours.

Award Season 2021-22

Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School will offer the Bronze award level again this year, whilst we commit to running catch up expeditions for those awaiting Bronze and Silver expedition qualifiers since the COVID Restrictions.

 

DoE B b133 new students are currently working towards their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award whilst 73 are continuing their award completion since the previous year. Between now and June, participants should be undertaking their activities for the Volunteering, Physical and Skills sections and uploading evidence regularly to their eDofE account. As they approach the end of each section, they should arrange for an Assessor’s Report to be completed for each section – further guidance on this is available from the shared area or their DofE Leader.

 

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21 students are continuing to work towards their Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award. Between now and June, participants should be undertaking their activities for the Volunteering, Physical and Skills sections and uploading evidence regularly to their eDofE account. As they approach the end of each section, they should arrange for an Assessor’s Report to be completed for each section – further guidance on this is available from the shared area or their DofE Leader.

 

 

D of E G b19 students in Year 13 are continuing to work towards their Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award. Participants should be undertaking their activities for the Volunteering, Physical and Skills sections and uploading evidence regularly to their eDofE account. They should also be exploring options for their Residential Activity – more information can be found on the DofE website or from their DofE Leader

 

 

 

More Information and Important Links: D o E timescales

  • The Duke of Edinburgh Award’s website is a comprehensive source for information about the programme. Please visit www.dofe.org

  • Students undertaking the award can find a wealth of advice and information via their eDofE account, which can be accessed via www.edofe.org

Contacting the school’s DofE Co-Ordinator:

  • Students who are currently undertaking an award should contact their DofE Leader.  For any questions or queries about the school’s award scheme, please e-mail the DofE Co-Ordinator: dofe@csgrammar.com . 

  • Mr D Pyne - Duke of Edinburgh Awards Manager