Duke of Edinburgh

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, known as DofE, is the world’s leading youth achievement award, giving 14 to 24 year-olds the opportunity to be the very best they can be.

For almost 60 years DofE participants have volunteered, learnt new skills, taken part in physical activity, planned and carried out a group expedition and, at Gold level, taken part in a residential activity with a group previously unknown to them.

The value of the DofE Award is recognised by employers and universities who identify DofE Award holders as well-rounded young people with the skills and behaviours to embrace opportunities given to them.

King’s College has been associated with the DofE for a number ofyears and it is proud to offer Bronze and Gold programmes to its pupils.

Of the 2013–2014 Gold cohort 21 of the 24 starters have already completed their Award; this amazing achievement is being recognised at St James Palace in December 2015, when Headmaster Richard Biggs will be a special guest at the presentation of the awards.

The Bronze level programme is offered to all Fourth Form pupils and takes a minimum of six months to complete. Sixth Form pupils can start a Gold programme, which will take a minimum of 18 months.
Bronze DofE is offered to Fourth Form pupils and is a popular choice with over half the year group participating in 2015–16.

Participants must complete activities in four sections: volunteering, physical, skill and expedition. Volunteering takes place during Monday afternoon activities including CCF and primary school athletic coaching, and participants commit to this for a minimum of six months. Physical activity will usually take the form of regular sporting commitments, although some pupils have used sporting commitments outside of school. The skill section is often the most diverse and pupils undertake personal development is areas including music, photography and animal husbandry. Both the physical and skills sections take a minimum of three months to complete. The final expedition section takes the form of two overnight expeditions usually held at the end of the Lent Holiday and the Summer Half Term on the Quantock Hills and Exmoor respectively.

For further details about DoE please visit: www.dofe.org

To see photos from our Summer 2015 Gold expedition on Dartmoor, please click here.

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