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Duke of Edinburgh award Peebles High School- what it is it?

Imagine having the opportunity to be the very best you can be, introduce yourself to the DofE and gain valuable skills, have incredible experiences and make friends for life.

Open to anyone aged 14-24 (not just fans of the great outdoors) the DofE encourages teamwork and social interaction and helps young people to stand out from the crowd when applying for University and jobs.

Award levels and timings

There are three levels of programme you can do which, when successfully completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. The main differences between them are the minimum length of time they take to complete, how challenging they are and the minimum age you can start.

There are three Award levels:

  • Bronze– for those aged 14+ years
  • Silver– for those aged 15+ years
  • Gold– for those aged 16+ years

If you are only 13 years old and in third year, you may be able to start a Bronze DofE programme if most of your friends are already 14 – check with your DofE Leader.

Activities for each DofE section take a minimum of one hour a week over a set period of time, so they can be fitted in around academic study, hobbies and social lives. Development and regular progress must be shown and all activities must be completed by the participant’s 25th birthday.

What do I have to do?

There are three sections to complete and each have a specific timescale. Volunteering, Skills section and an expedition. Here are the length of times you need to do each section and in each level.


Bronze timescales:

  • Volunteering section: 3 months
  • Physical section: 3 months
  • Skills section: 3 months
  • Expedition section: 2 days/1 night
  • You also have to do 3 more months in one of the Volunteering, Physical or Skills sections.

Silver timescales:

  • Volunteering section: 6 months
  • Physical and Skills sections: One section for 6 months and the other section for 3 months
  • Expedition section: 3 days/2 nights
  • If you didn’t do Bronze, you must undertake a further 6 months in either the Volunteering or the longer of the Physical or Skills sections.


Gold timescales:

  • Volunteering section: 12 months
  • Physical and Skills sections: One section for 12 months and the other section for 6 months
  • Expedition section: 4 days/3 nights
  • Residential section: Undertake a shared activity in a residential setting away from home for 5 days and 4 nights.
  • If you didn’t do Silver, you must undertake a further 6 months in either the Volunteering or the longer of the Physical or Skills sections.

What kind of activities can I get involved in?

This is a link to the e-Duke of Edinburgh website with ideas of what you can do: click here to find out more- it will lead you to the general site with loads more information.

Ask around locally for people who have completed the award before you- they will be in the year above or brothers or sisters of your friends and probably sitting in the canteen next to you every day! It could be things like sports coaching, Brownies, Scouts, local charity shops the list goes on!!! See below for resources from the Duke of Edinburgh site and how to record your achievements.

Recording your activities through e-DofE

Once you enrol, your DofE Leader will set up an account for you in eDofE – the great online system you will use to record your progress through your DofE programme.  You’ll then be sent an email with your signing in details.

Go online to the site for further ideas, or dream up your own, and get your Leader to approve your choices. Enter the info and your goals on eDofE.

Find someone (not a relative) who is an expert in your activity (such as a coach).  Get your DofE Leader to approve your choice of Assessor for each section.  Give out the Assessor’s Guidance Notes card (in the Welcome Pack you get when you enrol).

You then do the activities regularly for the set amount of time.  You will be able to upload photos, scans of certificates etc. into eDofE.

When you’ve finished a section, you need an Assessor’s Report.  The Assessor can do this on the eDofE site or by using an Assessor’s Report card (in your Welcome Pack) for you to photograph or scan and upload into eDofE.

When you’ve completed all four sections, your Licensed Organisation (Peebles High School) will approve your DofE Award through eDofE.

What are the Expeditions?

As part of a small team, you’ll plan and complete a practice and final expedition that will truly stretch your horizons. You’ll improve your communication and leadership skills and take a rucksack full of memories home with you.

This will be co-ordinated by the school but you are in charge and the students will learn how to be independent planners with back up from trained Duke of Edinburgh volunteers

Your DofE Centre and leader will be at Peebles High School.

The leaders name is Miss Marsden and she is also a Geography teacher.

How does it work at Peebles High School?

The school is the place where you and your parents/carers will learn all about the D of E. An evening meeting is usually held, after the new school term begins, for new participants and their parents/cares. Letters will be also be issued to help remind you what you need to do.

You will also receive a pack containing all you need to know and get a chance to answer any questions you may have.

Miss Marsden is available to answer any questions from students every  Monday break or Wednesday lunchtimes in M25

How much does it cost? Enrolment is £21 for Bronze and Silver, £28 for Gold.

(Copy letter from Miss Marsden)

Additional Questions/ideas:

  1. When can I contact Miss Marsden? – Monday and Wednesday lunchtimes or you can send her a message through your eDofE account.
  2. What are the school deadlines for starting my community work, skill, etc.? There is no set time for starting, you must have signed up to your new level BEFORE you start. For example no Bronze participant can have dates that go further back that 1st September 2017.
  3.  What are the deadlines for completing my skills etc.? This year 28th February 2018.
  4. What should I do if I have missed the school start date deadline?  The sign up dates are always a month long, notices go out in the school bulletin and Miss Marsden attends an S3 assembly to introduce DofE to the S3’s. If you miss the deadline to sign up, Miss Marsden and Mr Lee will consider each case individually. This may result in being encouraged to sign up the following year. (You should still be able to take part if you show you are keen and can present a plan to show you will be finished by the completion DoE deadline)
  5. What are the available dates for the practise expeditions and the actual expeditions? PHS tries to offer many spaces in Health Week for practise expeditions for Bronze level. Otherwise expeditions are at weekend or during holidays. Dates are dependent on availability of volunteers.
  6. When is the training date for the expedition?
  • Friday 9th March 2018
  • Friday 16thMarch 2018
  • Friday 27thApril 2018
  • Friday 11thMay 2018

I’m not sure what to do for my community work.  Can you suggest anything? 

Here are some links for some potential community projects

Duke of Edinburgh

  • Can my child pick an activity he / she already does? Yes
  • Can we backdate the start of an activity as long as it does not go back before my child’s 14th birthday? Yes, but it cannot go back further than the sign up date, this year 1st September 2018.
  • How much / what kind of evidencing is required? Personal reflections and assessor reports are essential, all other evidence is optional.
  • Does the school support all levels of DofE – from Bronze to Gold? Yes, but our capacity to run Gold level expeditions is increasingly limited.
  • My child has additional needs – can he / she get a bit of support, and how can that be accessed? Yes support is available, the support is given based on the requirement of the child, this is looked at on a case by case basis.
  • Is there a list of activities other children have done locally in previous years – to give a few ideas beyond the obvious and inform which people / organisations are already used to providing evidence for DofE? There is not a written list but there are many pupils who will gladly talk about their DofE experience.
  • When will I know whether my child has been selected for the Expedition? All accounts will be checked on the morning 1st March, the list will be compiled and posted as soon as possible after this.

For the expeditions why do all students have to come to all meetings, could they select a leaders as many students are required to attend training sessions for sport or practice sessions for music weekly. (If you do not attend training in sport you are not selected for matches the following Saturday). The expeditions are passed/not passed on a number of criteria, including team work, it is really important that all group members take part in all stages of planning and preparation. The introduction of Monday break drop in was to allow pupils another opportunity in the week to see Miss Marsden as a group, so if they do have other commitments on Wednesday lunchtime the group has an alternative slot. All training is obligatory, this is a rule set by DofE.

For more information  please contact your Pastoral Care Teacher, or visit DofE