DofE Award

The Duke of Edinburgh Award is a voluntary, non-competitive programme of practical, cultural and adventurous activities, designed to support the personal and social development of young people aged 13/14-25.  

It offers an individual challenge and encourages young people to undertake exciting, constructive and enjoyable activities in their free time, with a well-recognised award at the end to show a possible employer your determination to commit and undertake challenges. 

At this moment in time Ernulf offer DofE at bronze level but have ran silver level in the past when there is a particular interest from students. The school aims to get students through bronze by the end of year 9 and then if the number allow it students would focus on silver in year 10, which allows them to fully focus on their studies during year 11. 

When taking part in the DofE there are four sections that need to be completed: 

  1. Volunteering: helping other people in the local or school community 

  2. Skills: covering almost any hobby, skill or interest 

  3. Physical recreation: sports, dance and fitness 

  4. Expeditions: training for, planning and completing, on foot, two weekend expeditions (camping overnight). 


It takes at least six months to achieve the Bronze Award, twelve months for Silver. This means that pupils need approximately four hours per week dedicated to this Award, comprising 1 hour per week after school for the expedition training and 2-3 hours for their chosen activities. 

The Benefits 

Taking part in the DofE programme, will allow students to develop the skills and attitudes they need to become more rounded, confident adults, qualities that attract colleges, universities and employers.  

You will see all kinds of new talents bloom in your child as they achieve their Award including: 

  • Self-belief 

  • Self-confidence 

  • A sense of identity 

  • Initiative 

  • A sense of responsibility 

  • A real awareness of their strengths 

  • New talents and abilities 

  • The ability to plan and use time. 

  • The ability to learn from and give to others in the community. 

  • New friendships 

  • Problem solving, presentation and communication skills. 

  • Leadership and teamwork skills 

Please have a look at these links below to get a full understanding of what the DofE award can offer.  

Any students or staff who would like to participate it the DofE award then please talk to Mr. Hornby in person or through email (