What is DofE?
Here at OWS, we are delighted to offer students the opportunity to complete their Bronze and Silver Duke of Edinburgh Awards. The Awards give students the opportunity to try new activities, develop key life skills, improve their confidence and support their local community. By allowing participants to demonstrate traits such as resilience, creativity, teamwork and courage, the DofE Award acts as a symbol of a young person’s strengths beyond the curriculum and thus is recognised by employers, colleges and universities as a prestigious qualification.
The DofE is run separately to the school curriculum, by a small team of dedicated staff. The DofE is currently managed by Miss Ransom and coordinated by Mrs Waldron.
What to do we offer at OWS?
We are proud to be able to offer Year 9 students the chance to complete their Bronze Award here at OWS, whilst Yr10 students can complete the Silver Award. On average, both the Bronze and Silver take one academic year to complete. Participants can then go on to complete the Gold Award at sixth form college or university.
A large proportion of the Award is participant led, meaning that it is completed independently by students with support and guidance from DofE staff. The expedition section is organised and run by DofE staff, and supported by OWS.
Expeditions for the Bronze award are run through school, allowing students to complete this section supported by trained teachers and volunteer school staff. This also allows us to offer the award for a competitively low price. Expeditions for the Silver award are supported by an external approved activity provider, Chase Training Solutions. They offer expert support and guidance when travelling across more challenging terrain, allowing students to push themselves further than at Bronze level