The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme is a flourishing and integral part of the extra-curricular life of the School with approximately 400 boys taking part in different aspects of the Award. The scheme has always chimed very closely with the School’s philosophy and the development of initiative, service, commitment, confidence, self-esteem, leadership and teamwork are at the very heart of the School’s ethos. Within the last twelve months, boys have received over 100 awards including Gold, Silver and Bronze. The diversity of opportunity is also notable; recent years have seen the first cycling-based and also water-based Gold Expedition with, in the latter case, boys successfully completing their expedition in two Fox Terrier Yachts on the Solent. The School has been granted the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Independent Operating Licence.
As part of the Monday Period 8 programme, all Third Form boys participate in expedition skills training which covers campcraft, cooking, emergency
procedures, equipment and navigation. The boys also carry out two overnight expeditions with the first being in the local area and the second in the New
Forest. Out of the 150 boys in the year group, approximately 140 will register for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and thus be able to use this to complete
the expedition section of the Bronze level.
The boys must also complete either three months doing physical, skill and volunteering activities. These are carried out in the boys’ own time and are
monitored and recorded using eDofE.
These take place in the Fifth and Sixth Forms and occur independently of the Monday Period 8 programme. Training is carried out at lunchtime and weekends,
with expeditions taking place in Brecon, Exmoor and the Lake District. Approximately 60 boys take part at each of these levels. At Gold level, boys can
choose to complete their expedition using alternative methods of travel including expeditions on bikes and sailing in yachts.
As for Bronze, the boys must also complete periods of other activities with the addition of a residential activity at Gold Level.
Further general details of the Award can be found at http://www.dofe.org/en/content/cms/doing-your-dofe/.
Boys can complete their Gold Award up until their 25th birthday; however, half of the cohort generally complete it while still at the school.