Duke of Edinburgh

The 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 different sections – Volunteering, Physical, Skills, Expedition and a Residential (gold only).

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.

What’s the cost of doing the Award in 2022/2023?

We have three different programmes which are running to cater for all students who are eligible.  For 2022/23 the cost of expitition programme is £180 for Bronze, £265 for Silver and £590 for Gold.  P

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

If you have any questions or queries, please contact Mr Phillips