The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is the world’s leading youth achievement award, with over 438000 young people currently doing their DofE in the UK.
DofE is a life-changing experience which offers the opportunity to discover new interests and talents. It’s a tool through which you can develop essential skills for life and work, and a recognised mark of achievement; respected by employers.
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.
Windermere School is proud to offer students the opportunity to complete all three awards from year 9 upwards.
There are four sections to complete at Bronze and Silver level and five at Gold. They involve helping the community and 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.
Expeditions are organised from School and see students travelling to Scotland, Wales the Yorkshire Dale and Lake District. The modes of transport are chosen by the students and can be biking, walking, kayaking or canoeing.
With assistance from adult Leaders, participants select and set objectives in each of the following areas:
To achieve an award, the participant must work on each section for a minimum period of time. Each progressive level demands more time and commitment from participants: Bronze 3–6 months; Silver: 6–9 months; Gold: 12–18 months. Participants are required to show regular activity and commitment to the award for the duration of their DofE programme, which is usually at least one hour per week. Participants keep a record of their work through an online profile, EDofE, this enables students to keep track of their progress and manage their award.
As with many things in life you can never stop learning, or learn it all. We hope the skills that you are choosing to develop and practice today create friendships, experiences and memories that last a lifetime.
The first time my daughter and I visited the school she said to me “that is a happy school no question.” The scholastic achievements of the school are evident and an easy measure for a school to demonstrate. What is hard to quantify is the holistic development of a pupil at which, in my experience, Windermere School excels.
Windermere School is such a unique community to be a part of. Not only is it based in a truly beautiful and inspiring national park, but the environment created by staff and students alike makes for an incredibly supportive, proactive, exciting and international place of learning in which everyone can thrive and be the best they can be.