Duke of Edinburgh

Harrodian is proud to have a thriving DoE award programme at Bronze, Silver and Gold levels. Taking part in the award is a great way for pupils to:

  • have their extra-curricular activities recognised and awarded 
  • build their skills of leadership and responsibility 
  • enjoy experiences and friendships that will stay with them for the rest of their lives 
  • achieve a nationally (and internationally) recognised qualification that adds enormously to prefect, college, university and job applications 

The Bronze award is offered to 13s and the Silver to 14s. Both awards have 4 sections: Volunteering, Skills, Physical and Expedition. Gold is completed during Sixth Form, where the award has the additional ‘Residential’ section.

Duke of Edinburgh Award

Read the Edinburgh Effect, a feature about Harrodian DofE


DOE%20trip%20wales).jpgVolunteering, skills and physical sections

Finding an appropriate activity and completing it in the chosen time is an essential requirement.

In many ways, the sections are straightforward. For example, a student may take guitar lessons (skill), play extra-curricular football (physical) and volunteer on a Saturday morning for a local charity shop (volunteering). However, pupils can sometimes struggle to find an activity that works. It is therefore important that pupils are aware of the requirements of the DofE award before signing up.

The best place for comprehensive guidance on the various sections is the DofE website http://www.dofe.org/

Please note that whilst there are many volunteering opportunities in the school, we cannot guarantee a volunteering place for every DofE participant.


A chance for pupils to prove themselves in the outdoors, expeditions are one of the highlights of the DofE programme. In 2017, pupils hiked and camped in the North Downs, the New Forest, East Sussex, the Brecon Beacons and the Lake District. 

A variety of photos from these and previous expeditions, and from training sessions, can be viewed on the parental portal.

Our Approved Activity Provider is Activ Adventures and they provide high quality training and expedition supervision. For information on expeditions, including kit requirements and food, please visit Activ Adventures.

For 2017-18 we are offering both hiking and canoeing options for Silver expeditions, a Harrodian first!


Bronze Award
Monday 6th November 2017, 4.05pm to 6.00pm
Training evening (in school)
Saturday 17th March, full day in school
Expedition training and route planning
Sunday 18th March, full day, Surrey
Training hike
Tuesday 15th May 1pm
Kit drop
Saturday 19th to Sunday 20th May 2018
Practice expedition
Wednesday 27th June, 4.05pm to 7pm
Qualifying route planning session and kit drop
Saturday 30th June to Sunday 1st July
Qualifying expedition


Silver Award

There are slight differences between canoeing and hiking options, please check carefully

Monday 6th November 2017, 4.05pm to 6.00pm
Training evening, in school, ONLY for Direct Entrants*
Saturday 17th March 2018, in school, half day for those who have completed Bronze, full day for Direct Entrants*
Sunday 18th March 2018, hike necessary only for Direct Entrants*
Training hike in Surrey
Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th March 2018, full day, all entrants
Canoeing training in Twickenham
Tuesday 1st May 2018, 4:05pm to 6:30pm
Practice expedition route planning, in school, all entrants
Tuesday 8th May, 1pm
Kit drop
Saturday 12th to Monday 14th May 2018 (Monday of school missed)
Practice expedition, all entrants
Thursday 24th May 2018 4:05pm to 6:30pm
Qualifying planning session, all entrants
Wednesday 20th June, 1pm
Kit drop
Friday 22nd to Saturday 24th June 2018 (Friday of school missed)
Qualifying expedition, all entrants 

*Direct Entrants are those who have not completed Bronze


Gold Award
Dates (2018)
Saturday 17th March, in school, half day for those who have completed Bronze or Silver, full day for those who have not (Direct Entrants)
Expedition training and route planning
Sunday 18th March, full day, Surrey. Only for Direct Entrants
Training hike
Thursday 3rd May 5pm to 7:30pm
Practice expedition route planning
Saturday 26th to Wednesday 30th May (during half term holiday)
Practice expedition
Tuesday 19th June 4pm to 6:30pm
Qualifying expedition route planning
Monday 9th to Friday 13th July
Qualifying expedition
Please ensure that you keep a note of these in your calendar, as participation is a requirement for the award and payment for expeditions is non-refundable. Further information is available at http://www.activadventures.com/harrodian/ 
Please be aware that transport to and from expedition venues is the responsibility of the participant.