The Duke of Edinburgh's Award

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The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is a national youth charity that operates throughout the UK and was founded by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh in 1956. The DofE programme is open to young people between the ages of 14 – 24 and provides an opportunity for participants to experience new activities or develop existing skills.

 

The Henry Box School is a directly licensed organisation with The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and currently offers The Duke of Edinburgh's Award at Bronze, Silver and Gold levels. 

 

Levels and Timescales

There are three Award levels:

  • Bronze – for those in Year 9

  • Silver – for those aged 15+ years

  • Gold – for those aged 16+ years; offered in Sixth Form

The main difference between each level is the age a young person can start the length of time they take to complete and how challenging they are.

Each level has four Sections:

Volunteering

Undertaking service to individuals or the community

Skill

Developing practical and social skills and personal interests

Physical

Sport, dance or fitness activities

Expedition*

Planning, training for and completing an adventurous journey

* The Expedition section of the DofE Awards will be solely run by an outside provider School of Outdoors. School of Outdoors are an Approved Activity Provider (AAP) with The Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards. There will be no Henry Box School representative accompanying the Expedition section. Participants need to make their own travel arrangements to and from the Expedition (car-sharing may wish to be considered). 

 

Activities for each DofE section take a minimum of one hour a week over a set period of time, so they can be fitted in around academic study, hobbies and social lives. Development and regular progress must be shown and all activities must be completed by the participant’s 25th birthday.

 

Each young person can create their own DofE programme within the parameters outlined for each level. These individual programmes can be developed and progress tracked through the eDofE online system.

 

The DofE season at The Henry Box School runs yearly from November for both Bronze and Silver. Year 9 students are able to begin the Bronze Award and Year 10 and 11 students can take part in the Silver Award from the same time.  It is possible to be a direct entrant into the Silver Award even if you have not completed Bronze providing students are over 15 years of age. After the launch, students interested in participating will be asked to submit an application form.

Information videos from DofE

DofE have produced some fantastic videos which explains everything.

Created together with young people, the DofE welcome film sums up exactly what makes DofE so special – in just a few minutes.

Welcome Film

 

See the links below for each Level:

Bronze

Silver Presentation 

Gold Presentation

 

Important inforamtion for all students who wish to participate:

All students who are interested in participating need to be aware of the following elements:

Bronze and Silver

  1. To complete the Expedition Section you must be able to attend all the dates; training, practice and assessment expeditions. These dates are confirmed and will not be changing.
  2. There is cost associated to each level.  These costs cover individual participation places, administration and all costs associated with running the Expedition section. Costs will be outlined during launch sessions.
  3. Payments are to be made online using your child’s ParentPay account. 

 

Gold 

  1. To register for a participant place the cost is £32. This cost covers the individual participation places and administration fees.
  2. Participants will be responsible for organising their own Expedition and Residential sections. Payment for these sections is down to the participant.
  3. Payments are to be made online using your child’s Parent Pay account. 

 

Who to contact:

The DofE Manager – Shannon Pendrey 

Email

Phone: 01993 703955

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award website is full of useful and more detailed information, please visit their website

Bronze – Year 9

Bronze Timescales:

  • Volunteering section: 3 months

  • Physical section: 3 months

  • Skills section: 3 months

  • Expedition section:

    • 1 training day; 

    • a practice expedition (1 night and 1 day); and

    • a qualifying expedition (2 days and1 night away.)

You also have to do 3 more months in one of the Volunteering, Physical or Skills sections.

Key dates for 2021/22:

Applications: 

Dates

Activity

October

Launch to Year 9

12 Novemeber 2021

Applications close

 

Expeditions 2022 (Subject to Government guidelines):

Dates and times

Activity

Drop off point

Campsite

Collection point

Wednesday 30 March 2022

09:00 to 16:30

Training

The Henry Box School

Thursday 9 June  2022 18:00 to

Friday 10 June 2022 17:00

Practice

Youlbury Scout Camp 
Boars Hill
Oxford
OX1 5HD

TBC

Louie Memorail Fields Car Park 
Arnold's Way
Oxford
OX2 9JB

Friday 1 July 2022 09:30 to

Saturday 2 July 2022 16:30

Qualifying

White Horse Hill Car Park

Woolstone

Faringdon

SN7 7QN

TBC

White Horse Hill Car Park

Woolstone

Faringdon

SN7 7QN

 

Silver – Year 10

Silver Timescales:

  • Volunteering section: 6 months

  • Physical and Skills sections: One section for 6 months and the other section for 3 months

  • Expedition section:

    • 1 training day;

    • a practice expedition (3 days and 2 nights); and

    • a qualifying expedition (3 days and 2 nights). 

Participants who haven't completed the Bronze award must undertake a further 6 months in either the Volunteering or the longer of the Physical or Skills sections.

 

Key dates for 2021/22:

Applications: 

Dates

Activity

October

Launch to Year 10

12 Novemeber 2021

Applications close

 

Expeditions 2022:

Dates and times

Activity

Drop off point

Campsite

Collection point

Wednesday 30 March 2022

08:30 to 16:30

Training

The Henry Box School

Thursday 12 May 2022
09:30 to

Saturday 14 May 2022
16:30

Practice

Mill End Car Park
Mill End 
Henley-on-Thames
RG9 6TL

TBC

Mill End Car Park
Mill End 
Henley-on-Thames
RG9 6TL

Thursday 7 July 2022
9:30 to

Saturday 9 July 2022
17:00

Qualifying

Car Park Disussed Quarry
Corfe Castle
Kimmeridge
Dorset
BH20 5PH

 

TBC

Shell Bay National Trust Car Park
Ferry Road
Swanage
BH19 3BA

 

 

 

Gold – Year 12

Gold Timescales:

  • Volunteering section: 12 months
  • Physical and Skills sections: One section for 12 months and the other section for 6 months
  • Expedition sections: (A practice expedition and a qualifying expedition - 4 days/3 nights away for each.)
  • Residential section: Independent; 5 days and 4 nights

Participants who haven't completed the Silver award must undertake a further 6 months in either the Volunteering or the longer of the Physical or Skills sections.

The Gold level has been introduced in 2018 and runs more indepependtly for the Sixth Form students. Participants will be registered under The Henry Box School DofE Licence but will be responsible to organise their own Expedition and Residential sections.

Expedition

The Henry Box School use School of Outdoors, an external provider, for their Bronze and Silver expeditions. School Of Outdoors run something called Open Expeditions for Gold participants. Open expeditions usually consist of participants from various different locations across the country who have been unable to make their school’s expeditions.  You will join a team of individuals who you may not know and conduct your planning, training and expedition with that group. You may be joining an open expedition with one or two of your friends and School of Outdoors will do their best to ensure that you will stay in a group with those people.

Participants can enquire here or sign up to Gold expeditions on the School of Outdoors website. Click here.

Guide price is £385 for the Gold Expedition package with School of Outdoors.

 

Residential

Participants need to arrange their own independent Residential and cannot be accompanied by any of their fellow Gold Henry Box School participants.

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