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:

Training after school will begin with the Year 9 Bronze Group on Monday 10 May 2021 2.50-3.50pm.

The Year 10 Bronze Group will start from 3-4pm on Monday 17 May 2021.

Please check Class Charts for further updates on training events.

The Urban Expedition Weekend is 10 and 11 July 2021.

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

2021 - Update.

We are excited to announce that our Urban Expedition weekend is 10 and 11 July 2021.

Training sessions are after school so please check Class Charts for updates on events.

The two Bronze Teams will remain in year group bubbles for both training and the expedition weekend.  Those who have received their Certificate of Achievement will need to attend the training sessions leading up to the Urban Expedition weekend.

If you have any questions, please contact Mr A Jarvis, DofE Manager or email

The eDofE App