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    Duke of Edinburgh

    Duke of Edinburgh

    The Duke of Edinburgh award is a very popular extra-curricular activity at AGS. We offer students the opportunity to complete each of the 3 levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold. Each level of the award consists of 4 sections (or 5 if you are doing gold) - Volunteering, Physical, Skills, Expedition and for Gold, a Residential.

    For more information about the different levels please use the links from this page or email Mr Jervis (a.jervis@alcestergs.com)


    Bronze Award

    Registration:

    • Year 9 students will have the opportunity to enrol for the Bronze DofE award during the Autumn term (after the Bronze DofE information evening).

    Timescales:

    Expeditions:

    • Students will complete both a practice and assessed expedition during the Summer term of Year 9.
    • The practice expedition usually takes place in the Cotswolds and the assessed expedition around the Malvern Hills.
    • Students will need to complete 6 hours planned activity and walk 11km on each day of their expedition.
    • Bronze expedition kit list is available here.

    Volunteering, Physical and Skills

    • These sections are just as important as the expedition section and involve a weekly time commitment from the students of 1 hour per week per activity.
    • There are lists of activity ideas here.
    • Student must add details of their V, P & S activities on their e DofE account with a nominated assessor (who cannot be a parent).
    • If students are completing an activity that hasn't got an obvious assessor e.g. running, cooking or fund raising then they must complete an 'activity log' (click here for Activity Logs) and then ask one of the members of the DofE team at school to be their assessor.
    • In order to complete a section, students must submit an assessor report via their e DofE account. Forms for assessors to fill in are available here.  Alternatively, assessors can enter comments directly to e DofE via the following link: http://www.dofe.org/assessor/.

    Silver Award

    Registration:

    • Year 10 students will have the opportunity to enrol for the Silver DofE award during the Autumn term.
    • To enrol for the Silver award, students must have completed their bronze award (although under certain circumstances they can do direct silver)

    Timescales:

    Expeditions:

    • Students will complete a practice expedition during the Summer term of Year 10 and an assessed expedition during the Autumn term of Year 11.
    • The practice expedition usually takes place on the Long Mynd and the assessed expedition in the Peak District.
    • Students will need to complete 7 hours planned activity and walk 15km on each day of their expedition.
    • Kit list for Silver expedition is available here.

    Volunteering, Physical and Skills

    • These sections are just as important as the expedition section and involve a weekly time commitment from the students of 1 hour per week per activity.
    • There are lists of activity ideas here.
    • 2 out of the 3 activities can be within the same area e.g. football as a physical and football coaching as volunteering.
    • Student must add details of their V, P & S activities on their e DofE account with a nominated assessor (who cannot be a parent).
    • If students are completing an activity that hasn't got an obvious assessor e.g. running, cooking or fund raising then they must complete an 'activity log' (click here for Activity Logs)  and then ask one of the members of the DofE team at school to be their assessor.
    • In order to complete a section, students must submit an assessor report via their e DofE account. Forms for assessors to fill in are available here.  Alternatively, assessors can enter comments directly to e DofE via the following link: http://www.dofe.org/assessor/.

    Gold Award

    Registration:

    • Year 12 students will have the opportunity to enrol for the Gold DofE award during the Autumn term.
    • To enrol for the Gold award, students must have completed their silver award (although under certain circumstances they can do direct gold)
    • Students joining AGS for Sixth Form should complete their Silver Award through their previous school before enrolling for their Gold Award.

    Timescales:

     

    Expeditions:

    • Students will complete a practice expedition during the Summer term of Year 12 and an assessed expedition during the Autumn term of Year 13.
    • The practice expedition usually takes place in Snowdonia and the assessed expedition in the Breacon Beacons.
    • Students will need to complete 8 hours planned activity and walk 20km on each day of their expedition.
    • Kit list for Gold expedition is available here.

    Volunteering, Physical and Skills

    • These sections are just as important as the expedition section and involve a weekly time commitment from the students of 1 hour per week per activity.
    • There are lists of activity ideas here.
    • 2 out of the 3 activities can be within the same area e.g. football as a physical and football coaching as volunteering.
    • Students can continue with the same activities from bronze and silver levels through to gold if they wish.
    • Student must add details of their V, P & S activities on their e DofE account with a nominated assessor (who cannot be a parent).
    • If students are completing an activity that hasn't got an obvious assessor e.g. running, cooking or fund raising then they must complete an 'activity log' (click here for Activity Logs)  and then ask one of the members of the DofE team at school to be their assessor.
    • In order to complete a section, students must submit an assessor report via their e DofE account. Forms for assessors to fill in are available here.  Alternatively, assessors can enter comments directly to e DofE via the following link: http://www.dofe.org/assessor/.

    Residential:

    • The residential section only exists at Gold level.
    • It involves spending 5 days and 4 nights away from home on a shared activity with people you’ve never met before therefore, can't be a school trip.
    • Click here for a list of residential ideas.
    • Before signing up for and potentially paying for a residential activity, students should look closely at the 'Gold residential checklist' here to ensure that the activity is suitable and complete an Approval form available here and then submit it to Mr Jervis.