Duke of Edinburgh (DofE)

The DofE Award at St John’s

All St John’s students in Year 9 and above have the opportunity to enrol for The Duke of Edinburgh Award. The programme is introduced to students during assemblies and interested Year 9 students and parents can access our virtual introductions on this page to find out more about how the DofE programme works and what the costs are.

Students in Year 9 can enrol for the Bronze Award, and can continue to the Silver Award in Year 10. Sixth Form students can enrol for the prestigious Gold Award.

Check the latest DofE News and links to forms and PDFs in the Downloads section at the bottom of the page.


The Expedition element of the Bronze & Silver Award at St John’s is run by BXM Expeditions, an official DofE Approved Activity Provider. The Bronze & Silver expeditions have three parts; a one-day training session, a practice expedition, and an assessment expedition, and it is compulsory that students attend all three parts.

Students are asked to visit the BXM website and view the training videos prior to attending their Training day. See Weblinks below. The BXM kit list is also available on the BXM website or in Downloads below.

If you are unable to provide these items, it may be possible to borrow rucksacks, sleeping bags etc. so please contact us if you have any concerns about the kit.

DofE sections

DofE students have to take part in four different activities; the Expedition, Volunteering, Skill and Physical. Gold Award students also have to participate in a five-day residential. Apart from the expedition, all activities should be organised independently by the students, who have to log their activities, upload any evidence, and then ask someone (not a parent) to write an Assessor Report for them.

The DofE website has a lot of useful information about the types of activities students can count towards their award, and forms and other information are available on the St John’s SharePoint site. The Downloads and the Weblinks sections below contain links to useful information. Please bear in mind the following:

  • Volunteering must be for a not-for-profit organisation (the only exception to this is helping in a care home)
  • Volunteering does not include helping family members
  • Dance/fitness/sport are all considered to be Physical activities and not a Skill
  • Each section needs an Assessor. Parents cannot be Assessors

St John’s DofE leader is Mr C Anderson, with Mrs K Nightingale assisting, while Miss Lamport is on maternity leave.

We recommend that students check with the DofE leaders at St John’s before commencing any activities which may not qualify under DofE regulations. Planning forms can be downloaded from the DofE website.

Dates for 2023-2024

We are excited to say that we have arranged to safely conduct our DofE expeditions; following government guidelines and still meeting the 20 DofE criteria.  Previous restrictions on ‘residential’ trips have been lifted – more information will follow shortly.

Bronze 1Bronze 2Silver
  • Training – 3rd February 2024
  • Practice – 9th-10th March – West Woods
  • Assessment – 1st-2nd June 2024 – Kemble
  • Training – 3rd February 2024
  • Practice – 16th-17th March 2024  – West Woods
  • Assessment – 5th-6th July 2024 – Kemble
  • Training – 24th February 2024
  • Practice – 29th-31st March 2024 – The Chiltern Hills
  • Assessment – 26th-28th April 2024 – Cheddar Gorge

Useful documents and links

Useful documents such as enrolment letters and application forms, kit list and programme ideas are available in the Downloads and Weblinks drop-down sections below.

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Bronze Assessment Expedition Letter 2024 – Cohort A
Bronze Assessment Expedition Letter 2024 – Cohort B
Silver Practice Expedition Letter 2024 V2 – updated pickup location
Bronze Application Letter 2023-24 PDF (with QR code link to the form)
Bronze Application e-Form link Closed for 2023-2024
Silver Application Letter 2023-24 PDF (with QR code link to the form)
Silver Application e-Form link  Closed for 2023-2024
Gold Award Welcome Leaflet for Parents
Gold Application e-form 2022-23 OR PDF  –  Links TBA
Gold DofE enrolment letter 2022-2023 TBA
Bronze Introduction Presentation PDF Dec 2020
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Risk Assessment Dec 2020
BXM Procedures Dec 2020
DofE Programme Ideas Sep 2021
BXM Kit List
Programme – 10 Step eDofE User Guide for Participants