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.


Weblinks

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.




Expedition

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 Knightingale 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 2021-2022

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.  Current regulations state that students cannot attend ‘residential’ trips so camping overnight is unfortunately not possible, but all other elements are: route planning, walking, navigating, setting up camp, cooking, being self-sufficient etc.

For the expeditions to be successful we will require parents to collect their children and take them home for the night, returning them to the campsite in the morning. Although not ideal, it is unfortunately all we are able to offer to ensure that DofE awards are achieved this academic year. I am aware of so many students working hard in the other sections that it would be a great shame if they do not complete these awards.

  • Bronze Training: 12 March 2022
  • Bronze Practice: 07-08 May 2022
  • Bronze Assessment: 25-26 June 2022
  • Silver Training: 05 March 2022
  • Silver Practice: 08-10 April 2022
  • Silver Assessment: 08-10 July 2022

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.