Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards – Bronze, Silver and Gold

The DofE at St Joseph’s provides a balanced programme of activities that develop the whole person in an environment of social interaction and team working.

We offer opportunities for students to gain their Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards, full details of each level can be found in the packs attached at the bottom of this page.  To book a place on any of the levels, please click here. You will also need to fill in the Medical Form for the relevant level, which can be found at the bottom of this page.

Please click here for some ideas to help you complete each section. We offer an extensive range of extra-curricular activities at Furze Platt Senior School which can help you to fulfil each section, here is the link to our list of clubs.  Activities you do outside of school could also count towards the different sections. Choose activities that motivate you and go on your own personal journey.  We expect all participants to abide by the DofE 20 Conditions during their expedition section. 

 

Bronze DofE Award

Timescale

The Physical, Skills and Volunteering sections must be undertaken once a week, with two of these sections to be completed over three months, and one over six months. Although students will be assisted in selecting appropriate activities and monitored throughout the delivery of the Award, completion of these sections will primarily be the responsibility of the students taking part. A suggested activities sheet is attached.  Please click here for the Bronze Assessor’s report.

Commitment & Cost

Although students will have regular meetings to receive support, we would like to remind you that, as this is an extra-curricular activity, we expect students, as well as parents / carers, to ensure that the different sections are completed and they are done so on time.

Please ensure that your child is committed to completing all four parts of the Award, with a view to completing by May half term 2019.

The deadline dates to complete the sections are:

  • 3 month section – Friday 7th December 2018
  • 6 month section – Friday 29th March 2019

Training Day: Friday 1st March 2019

Practice Expedition: Friday 22nd March – Saturday 23rd March 2019

Assessment Expedition: Friday 26th April – Saturday 27th April 2019

The cost of registering for Bronze is £200* (includes £21 administration fee), tents and stoves are provided.  *Please note once your child has been accepted, any monies paid are non-refundable.

 

Silver DofE Award

Timescale

The Physical, Skills and Volunteering sections must be undertaken once a week, with two of these sections to be completed over 6 months, and one over 3 months.

If your child did not complete their Bronze Award, they are required to do an extra 6 months either volunteering, or whichever of the Physical or Skills section they did for 6 months. To summarise, if they have not done Bronze, they will do one section for 12 months, another for 6 months and the remaining one for 3 months. Please click here for the Silver Assessor’s report.

Commitment & Cost

Although students will have regular meetings with our DofE Manager to receive support, we would like to remind you that, as this is an extra-curricular activity, we expect students, as well as parents / carers, to ensure that the different sections are completed and they are done so on time.

Please ensure that your child is committed to completing all four parts of the Award, with a view to completing by May half term 2019 if your child has completed Bronze, and September 2019 if they are a direct entrant.

The deadline dates to complete the sections are:

  • 3 month section – Friday 7th December 2018
  • 6 month section – Friday 29th March 2019
  • 12 month section – September 2019 (Direct entrants)

Training and Practice Expeditions have been completed.

Assessment Expedition: Saturday 6th April – Monday 8th April 2019

The cost of registering for the Award and for undertaking the Expedition is £300* (includes £21 administration fee). Tents and stoves are provided. *Please note once your child has been accepted, any monies paid are non-refundable.

 

Gold DofE Award

Timescales

The sections must be undertaken once a week. They must spend 12 months on the Volunteering section. For the Physical and Skills section, they must spend 12 months on one and 6 months on the other. If your child did not do their Silver Award, they are required to do a further 6 months on either of the activities they did for 12 months.

To summarise, if they have not done Silver, they will do one section for 18 months, another for 12 months and the remaining one for 6 months.  Please click here for the Gold Assessor’s report.

Commitment & Cost

Although students will have regular meetings with our DofE Manager to receive support, we would like to remind you that, as this is an extra-curricular activity, we expect students, as well as parents / carers, to ensure that the different sections are completed and they are done so on time.

Please ensure that your child is committed to completing all five parts of the Award, with a view to completing by September 2019 if your child has completed Silver, and March 2020 if they are a direct entrant.

The deadline dates to complete the sections are:

  • 6 month section- Friday 29th March 2019
  • 12 month section- September 2019
  • 18 month section- March 2020 (Direct entrants)

Training has been completed, students need to book directly with BXM Expeditions where they can find a list of dates and locations.

The cost of registering for the Award and for undertaking the Expedition is £450*  (includes £28 administration fee). Tents and stoves are provided. *Please note once your child has been accepted, any monies paid are non-refundable. 

 

Further information

You can find useful information on the DofE website or on the edofe website, or here: https://www.youtube.com/user/theDofEUK.

You can also contact St Joseph’s DofE Manager at m.prince@st-josephs.slough.sch.uk

In conjunction with BXM: https://www.bxmexpeditions.co.uk/

Please click here for a kit list from BXM Expeditions and here for some further advice on what to take (clothing, kit and food) from RBWM

We would recommend precautionary measures against possible insect bites / Lyme disease such as DEET use, wearing full leg covers, clothing tucked into socks, tents zipped up.  For more information please look online.

 

Links to funding opportunities

Financial assistance is available. Please indicate on the application form, however we encourage participants to apply to the foundations below.

https://www.smrfmaidenhead.org.uk

http://www.cookham.com/cookhamnow/clubssocieties/welfaretrust/welfaretrust.htm

http://www.linkfoundation.co.uk

 

Promotional videos

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCabpshfMtc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kfAS2rLdJKg

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