Duke of Edinburgh

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Joseph Whitaker School’s D of E programme is open to all students from years 9 to 13. Students can do programmes at three levels, which when completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

The award is achieved by completing a personal programme of activities in four sections (five if working towards Gold) – Volunteering, Physical, Skills, Expedition and for Gold, a Residential.

Students will help people or the community, get fitter, develop skills, go on an expedition and take part in a residential activity (Gold only).

How do students complete the sections?

Students choose their own activity for each section other than the Expedition. It’s a personal responsibility to find and complete these activities – school can advise students but students must work independently. Each activity must be assessed and signed off by someone qualified in that activity, and who is not a family member.

See these links for ideas on how to complete each section:





What’s the cost of doing the Award?

For 2015, the cost of the expedition programme is £165 for Bronze and £210 for Silver.

This includes Training, Practice and Qualifying expeditions, the Log Book, hire of a compass, insurance, and all group equipment. Transport, fuel, food, and personal equipment are not included.

These costs are set by our external expedition provider, Bull Precision Expeditions of Farnsfield.

Financial support may be available for participants from the Nottinghamshire Award Trust. If this might be helpful, download and complete the application form.

How long does it take?

Bronze: minimum 6 months. 2 day/1 night training, 2 day/1 night practice expedition, 2 day/1 night qualifying expedition

Silver: minimum 6 months. 2 day/1 night training, 2 day/2 night practice expedition, 3 day/2 night qualifying expedition

Gold: minimum 12 months. 2 day/1 night training, 3 day/2 night practice expedition, 4 day/3 night qualifying expedition, plus Residential.

Latest information on Levels & Timescales on the D of E Website

JWS Specific Information 

Bronze 2017 – Letter to Parents
Bronze 2017 EV4 Parental Consent form
Silver 2017 – Letter to Parents
Silver 2017 EV4 Parental Consent form
DofE Contract 2017
Participant Registration Form 2017 

If you have any questions or queries, please contact Mr Phillips: phillipsc@josephwhitaker.org

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