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).

Please click on the link for information for this years program DofE Launch Presentation September 2017

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 2018, the cost of the expedition programme is £125 for Bronze and £180 for Silver and £370 for Gold.

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.

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 2018 Letter to Parents
EV4 Parental Consent form 2018
Silver 2018 Letter to Parents
Silver 2017 EV4 Parental Consent form
Gold 2018 Letter to Parents
EV4 Parental Consent form 2018

DofE Contract 2018

Participant Registration Form 2018

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

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