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Duke of Edinburgh Award

Springwood DofE Manager
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:

Springwood DofE Manager

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 DoF is organised by the Springwood DofE Manager who Co-ordinates the Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards.

If you would like further information please contact the Springwood DofE Manager 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. 



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:

DofE Promotional Video 

Welcoming Young People 

Welcoming Parents 

Interview Tips 

Skills for the Future 

Become More Employable

Make your CV Stand Out

What Makes a  Successful Entrepreneur

How Volunteering  can Help 




The four High Schools of the Trust are all licence holders and deliver the Duke of
Edinburgh’s Award through individual licences reporting directly to Central Region
Duke of Edinburgh Award Office.
To view the Directed Licenced Centre Agreement please click hereor contact the
 Springwood DofE Manager.