Doing their DofE can be a life-changing adventure for your child. On the way, they will do their own exciting and challenging programme of activities to help them reach their full potential. They’ll learn new skills, help others, have fun, make new friends and gain a great sense of achievement. Employers, colleges and universities really value Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards and know what it says about someone who’s an Award holder.
For young people, a DofE programme is a real adventure from beginning to end. It doesn’t matter who they are or where they’re from. They just need to be aged between 14 and 24 and realise there’s more to life than sitting on a sofa watching life pass them by.
Young people can do programmes at three levels, Bronze, Silver or Gold, which lead to a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
Young people achieve an Award by completing a personal programme of activities in four sections (five if they’re going for Gold). They’ll find themselves helping people or the community, getting fitter, developing skills, going on an expedition and taking part in a residential activity (Gold only).
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is delivered at all levels at The Parker. Our success has been recognised as The Parker was one of the first state schools in the East Midlands to become a Directly Licensed Centre, operating under its own authority since 2012. Currently there are large numbers of students on our books with the following new and active members:
Bronze – 54 (Year 10)
Silver – 22 (Year 11)
Gold – 25 (Year 12/13)
Our completions over the past year have shown a growing commitment amongst students to complete their Awards and receive the reward for their accomplishments. To put this in perspective, a Bronze Award takes a minimum of six months to complete. A Silver Award takes a minimum 9 months and Gold is a minimum of 12 months of solid commitment.
Students can start at any level, although if you do the previous level, the next one is faster to complete. (eg: If you complete Silver, Gold can be done in 12 months. If not it takes a minimum of 18 months).
Completions (May 2014-June 2015):
Gold: 4 (at Gold level you and a guest are invited to St James’ Palace to receive your Award).