The Duke of Edinburgh award has been running at St Albans School for over 25 years and has become a prominent part of school life. The concept of the DofE is simple – anyone aged between 14 and 24 can take part in a programme at one of three progressive levels which, when successfully completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. Here at St Albans School we offer Silver and Gold DofE programmes.
There are four sections at Silver level and five at Gold.
With assistance from adult Leaders, participants select and set objectives in each of the following areas:
At Gold level, participants must do an additional fifth Residential section, which involves staying and working away from home doing a shared activity.
Each section must be done for a minimum period of time. It must be monitored and then assessed by someone with knowledge of that particular activity to achieve an Award. Each progressive level demands more time and commitment from participants.
Participation in the DofE is seen as an important component of the broader education that is offered at St Albans School. We are an Independent Operating Authority for DofE and we have an experienced staff team of DofE Leaders.
Friday afternoon activities and school sports can all contribute towards a DofE Award. School provides training and assessment opportunities for the Expedition section too. At Silver level that occurs locally usually and at Gold level we have used the Arran, the Brecon Beacons, Snowdonia, Northern Spain and the Pyrenees.