Duke of Edinburgh Award
Mrs T Churchyard
Springwood High School DofE Coordinator
Telephone Number: 01553 773393
DofE Login: eDofE
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award has helped countless young people on their sometimes difficult path to adulthood.
HRH The Duke of Edinburgh
For the past seven decades, the charity has inspired and transformed the lives of millions of young people from all walks of life. From volunteering to physical activities, life skills to expeditions, achieving a DofE Award is a passport to a brighter future, valued by employers and universities.
What is DofE about?
The Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) programme is a real adventure from beginning to end. It does not matter who you are or where you’re from. You just need to be aged between 14 and 24 and realise there’s more to life than sitting on a sofa watching life pass you by.
By doing your DofE, you're in for an amazing adventure and masses of fun as you take part in a range of activities, all leading to the achievement of an award that's recognised by universities and employers alike.
For more information about DofE within West Norfolk Academies Trust and Springwood High School click on the posters below:
If you are interested in taking part then please contact:
Mrs T Churchyard
Springwood High School Duke of Edinburgh Co-ordinator
DofE at Springwood High School
'The benefits of achieving a DofE Award at any level are endless.
DofE is about helping you along the path to a productive and prosperous future. As many of our participants say, 'it’s life-changing.'
The benefits of a D of E Award at Springwood High School gives you......
A Sense of Achievement
Achieving an Award will give you skills, confidence and an edge over others when you apply for college, university or a job. Beyond your academic achievements, universities want to see evidence of so called ‘soft skills’ that you have developed through extra-curricular activities, such as communication, commitment, leadership and teamwork. Your DofE Award is a fantastic way to demonstrate and evidence these skills in practice. You’ll also make a difference to other people’s lives and your community, be fitter and healthier, make new friends and have memories to last you a lifetime.
A Sense of Belonging and Taking Part
Taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award can be a life-changing experience. A fun time with friends. An opportunity to discover new interests and talents. A tool to develop essential skills for life and work. A recognised mark of achievement; respected by employers.
The DofE is many things to many people, supporting generations to successfully navigate adult life.
14-24 year-olds can do a DofE programme at one of three progressive levels which, when successfully completed, leads to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
There are four sections to complete at Bronze and Silver level and five at Gold. They involve helping the community/environment, becoming fitter, developing new skills, planning, training for and completing an expedition and, for Gold only, working with a team on a residential activity.
The Opportunity to Gain Life Skills
Through a DofE programme young people have fun, make friends, improve their self-esteem and build confidence. They gain essential skills and attributes for work and life such as resilience, problem-solving, team-working, communication and drive, enhancing CVs and uni and job applications. Top employers recognise the work-ready skills Award holders bring to their business.
Is Open to Everyone
Any young person can do their DofE – regardless of ability, gender, background or location. Achieving an Award isn’t a competition or about being first. It’s all about setting personal challenges and pushing personal boundaries.
Interested? Come along and join us
Your D of E story starts in year 9 when you can sign up for Bronze - your expedition will be held locally. In year 10 you can carry on to Silver - further away -which puts you in the right place to start Gold and head to the hills ! -when you begin Sixth Form. Silver and Gold can also be started as a direct entrant but you do have to spend a little longer on each section.
At Springwood D oF E is organised by Mrs Churchyard who Co-ordinates the Bronze and Silver Awards, and Gold is organised by Mrs Petch.
If you would like further information please contact Mrs Churchyard or visit the Duke of Edinburgh Website
DofE and Coronavirus
The coronavirus doesn’t mean your DofE needs to stop – far from it.
For more information please click on the link below
Award Levels and Timescales
There are three levels of programme you can do which, when you've successfully completed them, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
The main differences between them are:
- The minimum length of time it takes to complete them,
- How challenging it is
- The minimum age you can start - Depending on your age, you are free to start at any level but most people prefer to try for Bronze and work upwards. There are age restrictions for each one so it makes sense to build yourself up rather than dive in at the deep end.
|Bronze||for those aged 14+ years|
|Silver||for those aged 15+ years|
|Gold||for those aged 16+ years|
The tables below show the minimum timescales for each level and section. We've put the length of time in months as you need to show regular activity and commitment during this time, averaging at least one hour a week.
You can't achieve an Award in a short burst of enthusiasm over one weekend!
Benefits of a DofE Award
The benefits of achieving a DofE Award at any level are endless.
It’s difficult to list them all but, you should definitely know:
- how much fun you’ll have
- how pushing yourself to do new things will help you to grow in confidence and develop useful skills.
- how meeting new people will inspire you and lead to lasting friendships. And
- how a DofE Award can give you the edge when you apply for college, university or a job.
Simply, the DofE is about helping you along the path to a productive and prosperous future. As many of our participants say, it’s life-changing.
Forms and Additional Information
More information can be found about the DofE by clicking on the links below:
Forms and Documentation
Please click on the links below to download the forms relevant to your enrolment/award:
Watch videos about making the most of your DofE Award.
Also included are promotional videos of how to showcase your soft skills on your CV, job applications and at interviews.
Click on one of the links below to view:
West Norfolk Academies Trust is a Directed Licenced Centre for the Duke of Edinburgh Award and the licence covers their four High Schools:
Springwood High School - St Clements High School - Marshland High School - Smithdon High School
To view the Directed Licenced Centre Agreement for WNAT and the DofE please click here, or Contact
Mrs Pauline Petch - Duke of Edinburgh Trust Manager