The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

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The DofE Award is a world-renowned mark of achievement that encourages all pupils, regardless of background or academic ability, to expand their talents and interests, broaden their horizons and develop their charactor.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award at Bexhill Academy (DofE)

It is a life changing experience: an opportunity to discover new interests and talents, have a fun time with friends and gain essential skills and attributes for work life.

Anyone between the ages of 14 and 24 can complete a DofE programme at one of three progressive levels which, when successfully completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

At Bronze and Silver level participants will: volunteer to help a person or community, become fitter, develop new skills, plan, train for and complete an expedition and, for Gold only, work with a team on a residential activity.

Any young person can do their DofE – regardless of ability, gender or background. It isn’t a competition but rather about setting personal challenges and reaching personal goals.

By completing a DofE programme young people have the opportunity to make new friends, improve their confidence and self-esteem whilst enhancing their future CVs and college, university and job applications.

Bexhill Academy is accredited as a licensed organisation and the staff here will support young people through their programme, helping them to choose their activities, set their objectives and achieve their Award.

The DofE Manager is Mr A Jarvis.  There is a DofE dedicated email address:

Mr A Jarvis, Mr P Baxter and Mrs V Sims are staff qualified in the delivery of the award and will be helping you, along with Miss Holden (Volunteer), on the journey to completing your Award.

DofE send thanks to all staff at the Academy involved in helping participants achieve the Award.  

About DofE

Activities and Updates

Please note important meetings for DofE Participants:

Year 10In our last meeting, I stressed the need to get your eDofE record updated with any evidence and/or assessor reports, and establish how you want to complete/start your outstanding activities.  You are invited to the next meeting, details below, where you will confirm what you intend to do: 

Thursday 15 October, G9, 3.00 - 4.00 pm

Year 9 - New Participants for 2020/21

I have to say that Miss Holden and I were impressed by your positive attitude to the award in our initial meeting - well done!

In our last meeting, I stressed the need to get signed on to your eDofE record and establish how you want to start your activities.

I gave you the task of completing the Bitesize Planner for at least one activity (Volunteering, Physical or Skills) in time for the next meeting, details below.

If you intend to start the activity before the next meeting, then show me your Bitesize Planner before you do so. You'll then need to set up the activity one DofE and keep a record on an Activity Log, which I'll give to you.

Wednesday 14 October, G9, 2.50 - 3.50pm

In the meantime, contact Mr Jarvis if you need information/advice

Bronze DofE

The Bronze Award - It will usually take 6 months to complete your Bronze programme.

The Award is made up of the following four sections:

Volunteering: 3 months

Skills: 3 months

Physical: 3 months

Expedition: 2 days / 1 night

Participants will also undertake an extra three months on either one of the Volunteering, Skills or Physical sections.

Time requirement for the Bronze Award

It is important to understand the commitment and time required to undertake the Bronze DofE Award. A minimum of one hour per week will need to be undertaken for the Physical, Volunteering and Skills sections. Any weeks missed due to illness, holidays or because an activity is seasonal must be added on.

Participants do not have to progress through all three sections at the same time, however not doing so will increase the time taken to achieve the Award. We would encourage that completion of all 3 sections is in time for the expedition training and practice. 


To register for the Bronze DofE there is a cost of £22 - on receipt, participants will be registered by the school and Welcome Packs will be sent to the registered address by DofE. Particpants can use the app to complete their details and begin their DofE journey.  Further costs will be payable in relation to training and assessment for the expedition section.  This is explained in a letter sent to all committed participants.

Expedition Section

Helpful hints, tips and resources for a successful expedition

The eDofE App