Duke Of Edinburgh Award

The Kingswinford School is a licenced centre for The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is a nationally recognised award that perfectly illustrates the school’s commitment to offer high quality extra-curricular provision to complement excellent academic attainment.

The components of the award also reflect the school’s desire to equip students with relevant life skills that will also serve them well as they make their way toward Higher Education and employment.

The school offers Duke of Edinburgh’s Bronze and Silver Awards. Students from Years 9-11 volunteer to take on the challenges posed by the different aspects of this award. The award is achieved by completing a personal programme of activities broken down into sections (see below).

More details about the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme can be found at: www.dofe.org or email: dofe@kingswinford.windsoracademytrust.org.uk.

The award is achieved by completing four sections:

  • Volunteering: undertaking service to individuals or the community.
  • Physical: improving in an area of sport, dance or fitness activities.
  • Skills: developing practical and social skills and personal interests.
  • Expedition: planning, training for and completion of an adventurous journey in the UK or abroad.

We offer an extensive range of extra-curricular activities at The Kingswinford School that can help you to fulfil each section, click here to see 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 Award

Timescales

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.

Commitment & Cost

Although students will have regular meetings with our DofE staff 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 July 2019.

Silver Award

Timescales

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.

Commitment & Cost

Although students will have regular meetings with our DofE staff 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 July 2019 (February 2020 for direct entrants).

Preparing for Expeditions

Remember to put the dates in your diary for the relevant practice and qualifying expeditions found here

To make sure your son/daughter has the right equipment download the appropriate kit list or visit the DofE website here. Tents, stoves, maps and compasses are provided.

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