The Duke of Edinburgh's Award (DofE) is a voluntary, non-competitive programme giving young people the opportunity to experience new activities or develop existing skills and is achievable by any young person who chooses to take up the challenge.
The DofE programme inspires personal and social development through persistence and commitment.
Participation in the Award develops self-belief, self-confidence, independence, respect and understanding of others and a sense of responsibility.
Here at Six Villages we offer the Bronze Award. The programme is open to all Year 10 students, with enrolment occurring the summer term of Year 9.
In order to achieve the DofE students must complete four separate sections; Volunteering, Skills, Physical and an Expedition. Students choose and work independently on the first three sections with advice and support available during drop in sessions throughout the year as well as a structured enrichment program. Full training is provided for the Expedition section.
Enrolment in the Award takes place during summer term prior to commencing the expedition training which begins in the autumn. Training sessions are run most Thursdays after school during term time and over the occasional weekend in the spring and summer; the weekend training and qualifying expeditions take place within the South Downs National Park.
During the expedition training and assessment, a nominal fee is levied to cover the cost of transport, camp fees and other additional expenses, however we do try our best to keep this as low as possible.
Further information is available from Miss Dart, Head of Outdoor Education.