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 all three levels 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.

 

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 that involve training, practice and assessment expeditions. These dates are confirmed and will not be changing.
  2. There is cost associated to each level. £157 for Bronze and £250 for Silver. These costs cover individual participation places, administration and all costs associated with running the Expedition section.
  3. Payments are to be made online using your child’s ParentPay account. 

 

Gold 

  1. To register for a participant place the cost is £31. 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 2019/20:

Applications: 

Dates Activity
October Launch to Year 9
October Information evening for participants and families
Late Novemeber Applications close

 

Expeditions 2020:

Dates and times Activity Drop off point Campsite Collection point

Monday 17 February

09:00 to 17:00

Training

The Henry Box School

Participants to report to the Early building.

Thursday 11 June 18:00 to

Friday 12 June 17:00

Practice Britchcombe Farm, B4507, Uffington, Oxfordshire SN7 7QJ Britchcombe Farm TBC

Monday 6 July 09:00 to

Tuesday 7 July 17:00

Qualifying Youlbury Scout Camp, Bars Hill, Oxfordshire OX1 5HD Youlbury Scout Camp Oxford Garden Centre, Southern by-Pass Road, Oxfordshire OX1 5AR

Please note: The Qualifying Expedition will clash with the Key Stage 3 Certificate Evening

 

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 2019/20:

Applications: 

Dates Activity
October Launch to Year 10
October Information evening for participants and families
Late Novemeber Applications close

 

Expeditions 2020:

Dates and times Activity Drop off point Campsite Collection point

Tuesday 18 February

09:00 to 17:00

Training

The Henry Box School

Participants to report to the Early building.

Tuesday 5 May 09:00 to

Thursday 7 May 17:00

Practice Chorleywood Common Car Park, Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire WD3 5NZ

Night one: Lees Wood Scout Camp
Fir Tree Hill
Chandler's Cross Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire WD3 4LY

Night two: Phasels Wood Activity Centre
A41 - Westbound
Kings Langley , Hertfordshire WD4 9N

Chesham Leisure Centre, White Hill, Chesham, Buckinghamshire HP5 1BB

Tuesday 7 July 09:00 to

Thursday 9 July 17:00

Qualifying Car park at disused quarry above Kimmeridge Village, Corfe Castle, dorset BH20 5PH

Night one: Nordan Farm Campsite, Norden Wareham, Corfe Castle, Dorset BH20 5DS

Night two: Acton Field Campsite, Acton Field, Swanage , Dorset BH19 3BN

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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