Duke of Edinburgh

What is DofE all about?

A DofE programme is a real adventure from beginning to end. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you’re from.

By completing your DofE, you’re in for an amazing adventure and masses of fun as you take part in a range of activities, all leading to the achievement  of an Award that’s recognised and valued by universities and employers alike.

The Duke of Edinburgh Award has been going for seven decades and has inspired millions of young people to get involved in volunteering and to undertake a range of physical activities.

The patron of the charity, His Royal Highness, The Duke of Edinburgh has said “The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award has helped countless young people on their sometimes difficult path to adulthood.”

At Deyes we consistently achieve one of the largest DofE expedition teams throughout Sefton and when we go out we really go out. From even the practice runs students will be out on the mountains, navigating the terrain and finding their way. There will be no rambling country foot paths, just the open mountains ready for adventure.

To read more about the organisation and what it involves click the button below.

DofE Website

Experience Expeditions

Deyes High School works in full partnership with Experience Expeditions for the delivery of our Duke of Edinburgh programme.

You can find out more about the work of Experience Expeditions by clicking HERE.

What are the levels?


Bronze timescales:

  • Volunteering section: 3 months
  • Physical section: 3 months
  • Skills section: 3 months
  • Expedition section: 2 days/1 night
  • You also have to do 3 more months in one of the Volunteering, Physical or Skills sections.


Gold timescales:

  • Volunteering section: 12 months
  • Physical and Skills sections: One section for 12 months and the other section for 6 months
  • Expedition section: 4 days/3 nights
  • Residential section: Undertake a shared activity in a residential setting away from home for 5 days and 4 nights.
  • If you didn’t do Silver, you must undertake a further 6 months in either the Volunteering or the longer of the Physical or Skills sections.

D of E Sections

You achieve your Award by completing a personal programme of activities in four sections (five if you’re going for Gold) –

  • Volunteering
  • Physical,
  • Skills,
  • Expedition
  • and for Gold, a Residential.

You’ll find yourself helping people or the community, getting fitter, developing skills, and visiting new places through your expedition and residential activity (Gold only). The best bit is – you get to choose what you do. If you’ve decided you would like to take part in DofE, then contact Mr Birch for more information.

Why bother doing DofE?


Good question!

Because, from the first day to the last it’s a real adventure. Every section gives you something different – that’s the fun of it.

…You’ll enjoy loads of new experiences

…discover talents you never thought you had

…challenge yourself and meet loads of people just like you

…Plus you’ll do things you love and get a kick out of.

Then there’s all the other stuff… …achieving an Award will give you skills, confidence and a view on life that everyone is looking for, from employers to colleges and universities. …you’re getting recognised for doing things you want to do (and may even be doing already).


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