Duke of Edinburgh Award

187_Harrodian_18.jpgHarrodian 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.


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, over the past two years, some of our Silver pupils have chosen to canoe rather than hike their expeditions! We are offering this option again in 2019-20.

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.

Follow the links below to see photos of recent training sessions and expeditions


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Click for 2017-2018 gallery


Click for 2018-2019 gallery

Volunteering, 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.

For comprehensive guidance on the various sections, the best source of information is the DofE website http://www.dofe.org/

Please note that whilst there are many volunteering opportunities available at the Harrodian, these are inevitably limited. We cannot guarantee a volunteering place for every DofE participant.

(NB This link can only be accessed from a harrodian.com email address)

Follow this link for local volunteering opportunities

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.

Mr Davies will be the school’s DofE Leader in 2019-20. He 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 academic year.

DofE dates 2021-22

Dates below are mandatory to complete the Award

Bronze DofE expedition Commitments 2022

Saturday 5th March Training Day covering first aid, map skills, equipment, food and cooking and tents. In school (9:00-16:00)
Monday 25th April Monday 25th April Parents Briefing - Further information and Q&A in preparation for expeditions. Online (18:00-19:00)
Saturday 21st- Sunday 22nd May Training Expedition. 2-day expedition. Surrey Hills.
Saturday 2nd - Sunday 3rd July Qualifying Expedition. 2-day expedition. Surrey Hills.

Silver DofE expedition commitments for 2022

Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th April Canoe Training Weekend and route planning. Non-residential. Surrey.
Friday 20th - Sunday 22nd May Canoe Practice Expedition. 3-day expedition.
TBC - once qualifying set Route planning and kit drop for qualifying (16:00-18:00) 
Saturday 2nd - Monday 4th July Canoe Qualifying Expedition. 3-day expedition. 

Gold DofE expedition commitments for 2022 

Saturday 5th March

Training Day and practice expedition route planning. In school. (9:00-15:00)

Training covers an expedition overview, First Aid, expedition route planning, Gold level Kit and Food.

TBC - once practice set Online briefing for practice expedition (17:00 to 17:45). 
Thursday 31st March - Monday 4th April Practice Expedition. Brecon Beacons.
TBC - once qualifying set Route planning and kit drop for qualifying (17:00-19:00) 

Saturday July 9th to Wednesday July 13th.

Qualifying Expedition. 5 days away for the 4-day expedition. Location TBC.

*Direct Entrants are those who have not completed Bronze

*Direct Entrants are those who have not completed a previous level, either Bronze or Silver

Please ensure that you keep a note of these dates 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