Duke of Edinburgh Awards

The Duke of Edinburgh Awards http://www.dofe.org/ are offered to students at Bronze, Silver and Gold and are run by Miss K Scott: ksco0982@burford.oxon.sch.uk  The awards are very popular amongst students and we are fortunate to have trained staff to accompany them on their expeditions at each level.

To achieve their award students have to complete an activity for the three sections: skill, physical and volunteering.  They also have to undertake an assessed expedition. These activities help them to develop a range of qualities which are of benefit at school and beyond.  We place a high value on the awards and they are always oversubscribed at all levels.

A charge is made for each award to cover the official pack and record book and the expeditions.  This can be made in instalments over a period of time. Our online payment system is the most efficient way to pay and allows parents to keep track of any payments made and any outstanding amounts.  Payments can be made as and when convenient as long as the final deadline date is adhered to.

The Bronze Award

The Ridgeway BronzeThe Bronze Award is open to students who are almost 14  and is introduced in the January of each year with a parents’ evening at which the requirements of the award are explained.  Following this, students who wish to take part can apply. Before the practice expedition we hold a series of training sessions that comprise map reading skills, rucksack packing, putting up tents.  They also learn how to use a trangia (meths) or a gas stove, some essential first aid and the Countryside Code.  The expedition takes place locally over two days with an overnight camp in between.

Alongside the expedition, students work independently towards achieving the volunteering, physical and skill elements of the award. A wide range of activities are open to them and there is something to suit all tastes. In total the Bronze Award usually takes between six and nine months to complete.

The Silver Award

CIMG8043At Silver the length of time that each activity has to be undertaken increases and the expedition is extended to three days.  The Peak District, Black Mountains, Brecon Beacons or Exmoor are our preferred destinations for this award. In total the Silver Award usually takes around twelve months to complete.




The Gold Award

Gold AwardsMany of our Sixth Form students continue on from Silver to this level. It is also possible for students who have not done the previous awards to go into Gold as direct entrants; In this situation they are required to undertake their volunteering activity for eighteen months; six months longer than those who have achieved the previous awards.

The expedition, which extends over four days, involves one night of wild camping.  Here at Burford we usually walk on Dartmoor, in the Peak District, in the Brecon Beacons or in Snowdonia.

At Gold level the students also have to undertake a residential stay of at least four nights.  They can do this with one individual whom they know, but all other contact must be with people they are unfamiliar with.  In total the Gold Award usually takes around eighteen months to complete.

The significance of achieving the Gold Award is reflected in the invitation, which all successful candidates are sent, to visit St James’s Palace, to receive their award. This is a fitting culmination to a challenging, but rewarding, venture.


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