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Prince William School

Duke Of Edinburgh

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme (DofE) offers young people the opportunity to learn new skills, increase their fitness, help others in the community, make new friends and have fun. The DofE Award is challenging, requiring young people to show commitment over an extended time of between 6 to 18 months, but is incredibly rewarding and enjoyable.

By participating in the DofE Award you will gain valuable experience of working with others both through voluntary work and through teamwork. You will increase your self-confidence by setting and then working towards the goals they set yourself. You will also get to push your boundaries, go exploring, discover new things about the world around you and hopefully you’ll also discover something new about yourself.

The DofE Award is available at 3 different levels, Bronze, Silver and Gold, to suit your age and experience. Traditionally, at PWS, we have offered the Bronze Award in Year 10, as the minimum age requirement was 14 years and the Silver Award in Year 11, as students needed to be 15 years old.

However, the age requirement has recently been relaxed to include any students who reach the minimum age within the school year. This means that, for 2016/17 only, we are in a transition year and are offering the Bronze Award to students in both Year 9 and Year 10. Students will still have the opportunity to progress to Silver and Gold Awards in subsequent years. Access to the Gold Award still requires students to be 16 years old and is therefore only available in Years 12 and 13.

Students can start the Bronze Award and, in fact, can access any level without having achieved the previous one, as long as the minimum age requirements are met.

The DofE Award at each level is split into sections, 4 at Bronze and Silver level and 5 at Gold level. These sections are:

Volunteering | Participants choose from commitments such as: first aid, child care, conservation, lifesaving award leadership, community sports leadership award, and fundraising

Physical Recreation |The award is based on individual improvement and achievement in a physical activity. Participants set a measureable goal to achieve during the period of the activity.

Skills | Participants can choose from many leisure time activities. They must show progress and perseverance in the development of practical skills, social skills or personal interests. 

Expedition | Participants plan, train for and then undertake a journey in the countryside. The qualifying expedition is undertaken in small teams, normally unaccompanied, though supervised and assessed by adults. The length and remoteness of the expedition increases as students move through the 3 levels

Residential | At Gold level there is a fifth element, a residential project where participants undertake a 5-day shared activity in a residential setting away from home with people they have never met before.


The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme aims to:

  • inspire, guide and support young people in their self-development and recognise their achievements.
  • provide an enjoyable, challenging and rewarding programme of personal development for young people, which is of the highest quality and widest reach


For more information, please go to the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award web site.

Any students who are interested in completing their DofE Award, or any parents who are interested in volunteering to help run the programme, should please contact me at