Duke of Edinburgh

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

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 are invited to attend a meeting, with parents, 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.

A drop-in session runs every Thurssday lunchtime, 1:40-2:05pm in F239 where students can come for help and advice.


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. These can be viewed at: http://www.bxmexpeditions.co.uk/kit.htm The BXM kit list is also available on the BXM website or in Links 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 Ms. A. Akeroyd.

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 Saber and the DofE website.

If you have any questions please send us an email to  DofE@stjohns.excalibur.org.uk

If you have any questions about the expeditions, please contact BXM directly through the link in the Weblinks section below.

For the Training Sessions, BXM has requested that students bring their lunch and a drink in a small rucksack/backpack, wear warm clothing and a waterproof jacket. Please do NOT wear walking boots as most of the training will take place indoors.

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.