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 and seek support with choosing their activities.

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 available at the Harrodian, these are limited. 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 2018, pupils hiked and camped in the North Downs, the New Forest, East Sussex, the Brecon Beacons and Snowdonia.

In addition, a group of our Silver pupils choose to canoe rather than hike their expedition, a Harrodian first! They completed two different journeys along the Thames and thoroughly enjoyed it. We are offering this option again in 2018-19.

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.

Support for DofE at Harrodian

Mr Holder is the school’s DofE coordinator. He runs weekly support sessions on Tuesday lunchtimes in the ICT suite, as well as organising in-school training sessions and communication with pupils through assemblies and so on.

Ms Brown will be the school’s DofE Leader in 2018-19. She will be running a weekly support session on Thursday lunchtimes and is an additional point of contact for pupils who require support with their activity choices and DofE portfolios.

Signing up for DofE

Information letters and enrolment forms will be handed out to pupils near the start of the new academic year.


Bronze award



Thursday 13th September 2018, 4:10pm to 5:10pm,

Information and Q&A for parents

Monday, November 5th 2018, 4.05pm to 5.00pm

Training evening (in school)

Saturday 10th November 2018, full day in school

Expedition training

Sunday 24th March 2019, full day, Surrey

Training hike and route planning

Wednesday 8th May 2019, 1pm

Kit drop for expedition

Saturday 11th to Sunday 12th May 2019

Practice expedition

Tuesday 25th June 2019

Kit drop for expedition

Saturday 29th and 30th June 2019

Qualifying expedition



Silver Award

*Direct Entrants are those who have not completed Bronze.

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



Monday 5th November 2018, 4.05pm to 6.00pm

Training evening, in school, ONLY for Direct Entrants*


Saturday 10th November 2018, in school, half day for those who have completed Bronze, full day for Direct Entrants*

Expedition training

Sunday 24th March 2019, hike necessary only for Direct Entrants*

Training hike in Surrey


Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th March 2019, full day, all entrants


Canoeing training in Twickenham




Wednesday 15th May, 4pm to 6pm

Route planning and kit drop, canoeing and walking

Friday 17th to Sunday 19th May 2019 (Friday of school missed)

Practice expedition, all entrants

To be confirmed

Route planning and kit drop, canoeing and walking

Saturday June 22nd to Monday June 24th (Monday of school missed).

Qualifying expedition, all entrants


Gold Award




Saturday 10th November 2018, in school, half day for those who have completed Bronze or Silver, full day for those who have not (Direct Entrants)

Expedition training

Sunday 24th March 2019, full day, Surrey. Only for Direct Entrants

Training hike

Tuesday 21st May 2019, 5pm to 7pm

Route planning and kit drop

Saturday 25th to Wednesday 29th May 2019(during half term holiday)

Practice expedition

Tuesday 18th June 2019, 4pm to 6pm

Route planning

Tuesday 25th June 2019, 1pm

Kit drop

Monday 8th to Friday 12th July 2019


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.

Please be aware that transport to and from expedition venues is the responsibility of the participant.

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If you have lost your welcome pack, you can download your Bronze Assessor Report template here