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.
We began our DofE journey by offering the award to the first cohort of Bronze Award participants in September 2019. The students interested in taking the award attended an assembly at the end of Year 8 and at the start of the new academic year both parents/carers and students were invited to a follow up meeting and the registration process followed shortly after. Participants are well under way on their Bronze Award with the expedition section planned for Spring 2020.
The DofE Manager is Miss Tracey J Holden - Miss Holden is based in the office next to F6 if you have any questions. There is a DofE dedicated email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr P Baxter, Mr A Jarvis and Mrs V Sims are staff qualified in the delivery of the award and will be helping you, along with Miss Holden, on the journey to completing your Award.
DofE send thanks to all staff at the Academy involved in helping participants achieve the Award.
Helpful hints, tips and resources for a successful expedition
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.