For dates, consent forms, help and advice, please visit the Kingdown DofE minisite

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) is a voluntary, non-competitive programme of practical, cultural and adventurous activities, designed to support the personal and social development of our students. It offers an individual challenge and encourages young people to undertake exciting, constructive, challenging and enjoyable things in their free time. The Award is widely recognised by employers and is a superb addition to your CV.

Some of the benefits to young people include developing or discovering:

  • A sense of achievement
  • New skills and interests
  • Self-confidence and self-reliance
  • Leadership skills and abilities
  • Exciting opportunities
  • Experience of teamwork and decision making
  • Enjoyment

For more information on the DofE Award, please visit

Kingdown School offers all three levels of the DofE Award:

  • Bronze – Year 9
  • Silver – Year 10
  • Gold – Year 12

The most widely known element of the DofE award is the expedition section. This requires students to safely navigate and be completely self-sufficient for 2 days (Bronze), 3 days (Silver) or 4 days (Gold).

In addition to the expedition section, students also need to complete volunteering, physical, skills and residential (Silver and Gold only) sections.

To enrol onto the Kingdown DofE scheme, please visit the Kingdown DofE minisite.

If you have any questions, please speak to Mr Harwood