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Duke of Edinburgh Award

What is the Duke of Edinburgh award?

DofE is a youth achievement award open to young people up to the age of 24. The popular award is thriving at Ridgewood with large numbers of students taking advantage of the school’s involvement in the scheme every year. We have been running a very successful programme for a number of years and the school is now a Directly Licensed Centre (DLC), as we hold our own licence to deliver DofE programmes to young people on our own premises.

The DofE Award consists of three levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold. Each level has four sections: Physical, Volunteer, Skill and Expedition. The Gold Award also has a residential component. More information about the levels can be found by downloading the information at the bottom of the page, or at

The Benefits

When your child undertakes their DofE programme, they will develop the skills and attitudes they need to become more rounded, confident adults, qualities that attract colleges, universities and employers. When you put your backing behind your child's pursuit of a Duke of Edinburgh's Award, you are investing in valuable skills and setting the tone for a lifetime of achievement.

You will see all kinds of new talents bloom in your child as they achieve their Award including:

When will the training take place?

Training will take place on Tuesdays after school from 3:30 – 4:15pm in the Faraday Auditorium. These sessions are mandatory and all students are expected to attend on the week their year group is meeting. Check the calendar on the ‘Calendar’ page of our ‘What’s happening’ section for more details of dates, as well as looking at the noticeboard outside D27 in school.

Each award will require the student to complete the following for their expedition:

  • One weekend training day
  • One full training weekend
  • One full weekend practice
  • One full weekend assessment

The training will cover map reading, compass skills, camp craft, cooking in the outdoors, First Aid and The Country Code.

When will it take place?

Please download the key dates from the documents below.

Updates during expeditions can be found on our blog

Want to register your son/daughter for the award? Click here and follow the instructions.

Want to make payments? Click here and follow the instructions.