Duke of Edinburgh

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award

For 60 years now the Duke of Edinburgh's Award has been available to young people aged 14 to 25. At The Appleton School we have run the Duke of Edinburgh's Award since 2012.

During the award, students are involved in undertaking some community volunteering work, learning a new skill, some physical recreation and the ever popular expeditions. As the levels of the award are moved up some each section becomes more challenging in the amount of time taken to complete so that, by the Gold award, it will take over a year to gain.

DofE Bronze Award

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DofE Bronze Award

This entry level of the award sees students undertake expeditions in the Danbury and Roxwell. (One weekend in May and one weekend in June)   Both these environments are easy to navigate whilst also allowing students to get the feeling of the outdoors.

A Bronze DofE programme has 4 sections, Volunteering, Physical, Skills and Expedition. You need be in Year 10 start a Bronze programme and you must do a minimum of 3 months activity for each of the Volunteering, Physical and Skills sections, and plan, train for and do a 2 day (1 night) expedition.

You also have to spend an extra three months on one of the Volunteering, Physical or Skills sections. It's your choice which one and, though you can change your mind later, you should decide which section you want to do for longer at the beginning. Knowing how long you're going to do it for will help you to set your aims for the sections.

DofE Silver Award

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DofE Silver Award

As we move into the middle award, students are taken to the South Downs and the Cotswolds - two very challenging environments in terms of navigation and endurance should the weather turn nasty! These take place at the end of the School year at the Start and end of July to minimise the impact on exams.

The next step up from  Bronze... you need to be in Year 11  to start doing your Silver DofE programme. A Silver DofE programme has 4 sections, Volunteering, Physical, Skills and Expedition.

You need to do at least 6 months Volunteering and a minimum of 6 months on either Physical or Skills and 3 months on the other. It's up to you which one you do for longer.

The Expedition section involves planning, training for and doing a 3 day (2 night) expedition.

If you start the Silver without doing Bronze first you'll have to do an extra 6 months volunteering or doing whichever of the Physical or Skills sections you have spent more time on. Though you can change your mind later, you should decide which section you want to do for longer at the beginning. Knowing how long you're going to do it for will help you to set your aims for the sections.

DofE Gold Award

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DofE Gold Award

Once enter the Sixth form  you can do your Gold DofE programme. You'll spend 12 months on your Volunteering section. For Physical and Skills you must spend 12 months on one and six months on the other - you decide which way round you do it.

The big difference at Gold, is you'll also do a Residential section - staying away from home for five days and four nights doing a shared activity with people you don't know. It's great fun and a real chance to do something different! If you've jumped straight into your Gold DofE programme you'll need to do a further six months either volunteering or whichever one of your physical or skills activities you spent the most time on.

The pinnacle of the award sees our students undertake the most rewarding and challenging experiences there is to offer!

The expedition is a 4 day 3 night expedition, and will therefore take place in the School Holidays, typically the Easter and Summer Hoildays.



Frequently Asked Questions for DofE

How do I find or reset my eDofE user name and password?

Participants often forget login details for their eDofE account. It is important that you remember the email address that you set the account up with. If you have further problems contact Mr Hunt at School.

What evidence do I need to complete a section of the Award? How do I upload evidence to eDofE?

You can add as much evidence as you like for examples videos and pictures of you doing your activities but the minimum is an Assessor's report for every section.

This should include your name, the activity that you did, the dates between which you did the activity and then a short report about what you achieved. There are lots of ways your Assessor can do this but they will need your eDofE ID number:

  • Through the DofE website portal
  • Type up a word document and email that to you or your Leader
  • Fill in your Keeping Track booklet which you will then need to scan or photograph and upload it


When your Assessor's evidence has been uploaded to your account then you need to submit it for approval if you uploaded it. If your Assessor uploaded it then it will already have been approved by our DofE Leader and will come into your account automatically.

What does an Assessors report look like or contain?

Your Assessors Report

An Assessor report for each section is mandatory for every participant. You can provide a report in many different ways:


To enter your report online, visit and follow the instructions. You will need the participant's name, their eDofE ID number, their DofE level and the section you have assessed.

On paper

Please fill in your comments in their Keeping Track booklet and hand it back to the young person, who will scan it and upload it. You can also supply a certificate, letter etc. for them to scan or upload.

What should my Assessor's report contain?

  • Participant's name
  • The activity undertaken
  • The dates they did their activity
  • A short complimentary report about their achievements
  • Your name, role (and qualifications if necessary)


Assessors Report Template

Below are examples of acceptable Assessor Reports. With all reports there must be a signature or some form of verification whether a letter head or official company logo for the evidence to be valid.

(Participant Name) has been taking part in... (name and details of activity).

(Participant Name) started on... (date started) and has been a regular participant until... (date finished).

Throughout this time (Participant name) has undertaken... (short complimentary report regarding achievements on activity e.g. Physical- has improved fitness and skill during regular football training, Skill- has achieved next Music grade for regular attendance and practice, Volunteering- has become part of the wider School community due to helping with Yr7 reading mentor scheme.)


(Assessors Signature, role and qualifications if required)

How do I get my Award?

Before you can receive your award all sections of the award must be completed and sent for approval. First of all this is checked and verified by your DofE leader (Mr Hunt  for Bronze and Mrs Smith for Silver) who will then send your evidence to the DofE office for final approval. Once this has been completed you will receive your award at a presentation evening held at School.