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Duke of Edinburgh

The Duke Of Edinburgh's Award
Our pass rate over the past ten years is 100%. That's three assessed expeditions per year = thirty expeditions with 100% pass rate!

What is The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award?

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).

(Taken from www.dofe.org)

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):

Bronze: 17

Silver: 5

Gold: 4 (at Gold level you and a guest are invited to St James’ Palace to receive your Award).
Students discussing about the life-changing adventure

What are the benefits of The Award?

When your child does their DofE programme they'll develop the skills and attitudes they need to become more rounded, confident adults. Qualities that colleges, universities and employers are attracted to. So when you put your backing behind your child's pursuit of a Duke of Edinburgh's Award, you’re investing in valuable skills. Setting the tone for a lifetime of achievement.
You'll see all kinds of new talents bloom in your child as they achieve their Award including:
  • Self-belief
  • Self-confidence
  • A sense of identity
  • Initiative
  • A sense of responsibility
  • A real awareness of their strengths
  • New talents and abilities
  • The ability to plan and use time
  • The ability to learn from and give to others in the community
  • New friendships
  • Problem solving, presentation and communication skills
  • Leadership and team-working skills
Students ready to go to achieve The Duke of Edinburgh's Award

When can my child start?

The Bronze Award can begin as soon as a student becomes 14 years old, or at the start of Year 10.
The Silver Award can begin as soon as students become 15 years old or at the start of Year 11.
The Gold Award is only available to students on roll in the Parker Sixth Form (due to Licensing restrictions) and can be started at age 16 or at the start of Year 12.
(Nb: Ex-students and those from other institutions who took part in Gold Expeditions with us prior to 2012 can still complete their Awards if they contact Mr Flanagan.)
Camping site

Expedition Success Rate?

Expeditions have to be assessed by someone qualified in the outdoors industry with no prior involvement with the group. Often we can find our own, but we also get allocated assessors at times. Our pass rate over the past ten years is 100%. That’s three assessed expeditions per year = thirty expeditions with 100% pass rate!
Wild camping training

How much does it cost?

Students often find the Expedition section the hardest to complete. As a result we offer a full training programme, followed by Practice and independently Assessed Expeditions supervised by qualified, experienced leaders. At Gold level, we also include a Training weekend involving micro-navigation and wild camp training. These Expeditions can be expensive to run and we have to cover all costs so the prices for each level include the enrolment fee plus the cost of training, practice and assessed Expeditions.
2015/16 Prices
Bronze: Enrolment (£17) + Full Expeditions & Support Programme (£120)
Silver: Enrolment (£17) + Full Expeditions & Support Programme (£180)
Gold: Enrolment (£24) + Full Expeditions & Support Programme (£400)
Students during camping training

When will it take place

Dates are yet to be confirmed for 2015/16 but will be released as soon as they are confirmed.
Two-day Bronze Expeditions take place during weekends in May and June of Year 10.
Three-day Silver Expeditions take place over two long weekends in September and October of Year 11.
Gold Training takes place in early Spring over a weekend with the big four-day Expeditions in June and July of Year 12 spanning weekends.

How do they go about completing the Award?

When a student enrols on a level of The Award, they are entered onto an online system called www.edofe.org . They will have a unique username and password. All of their progress and evidence needs to be uploaded onto eDofE where it can be verified independently and approved. Support is offered to make sure students are trained in how to use the system.
For more information and/or to enrol contact Mr Flanagan on 01327 705816 ext 245. Or email: S.Flanagan@theparker.org.uk
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