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Welcome to our brand-new Duke of Edinburgh page! The DofE is now firmly established at Lipson and we are very proud of what our children have achieved over the last four years in making the DofE such a success.

Duke of Edinburgh – the benefits.

The Duke of Edinburgh gives you the chance to do something completely new and improve on things you’re already doing. It takes you out of your comfort zone and into a place where you’ll push yourself and have amazing new experiences. You’ll build confidence, resilience, skills for work and friendship groups. And you’ll have a brilliant time doing it.

Looking forward, the DofE can help you to carve out a better future. Colleges, universities and employers regard a DofE Award highly so it will help to open the right doors for you. Over 100 reputable companies endorse the Duke of Edinburgh Award as a mark of a young person soft skills and have described it as vital in equipping young people with work-ready skills such as team working, resilience, communication and drive.

If you have any questions regarding the Duke of Edinburgh Award then please get in touch. There are always vacancies for Duke of Edinburgh Volunteers too! If anyone is interested then please get in touch, we’d love to hear from you.

Staff involved in the Award:

Miss Geraghty – Duke of Edinburgh Manager (oversees Gold)

Mr Jones (Science) – Duke of Edinburgh Leader (oversees Bronze/Silver)

Mr Marks – Duke of Edinburgh Leader (oversees Silver)


Volunteering gives you the chance to make a difference to people’s lives and use your skills and experience to help your local community. You can use this opportunity to become involved in a project or with an organisation about whom you care.


Developing a skill helps you get better at something you are really interested in and gives you the confidence and ability to use this skill both now and later in life.


Doing physical activity is fun and improves your health and physical fitness. There is an activity to suit everyone so choose something in which you are genuinely interested.


As part of the award, students will complete an expedition as part of a team within a rural environment abiding by the 10 conditions that all students are assessed on. Alongside the expedition, students will also be working towards completing an aims project focusing on a specific topic. For example, looking at what local wildlife they can identify or what buildings of interest they can identify. To ensure the safety of students on expedition, all students will be provided with training in: First Aid, Camp Crafts, Orienteering, Tent Assembly, Rucksack Packing and Food and Nutrition. If a student has not received the training or is not deemed competent by the DofE Manager, then they will not go out on expedition. This section is assessed externally, and a decision made at de-brief on the final day of expedition as to whether the students have evidenced their competence.

Award Timescales:



Gold 2019 Letter Home

Silver 2019 Letter Home

Bronze 2019 Letter Home

Programme Ideas




Programme ideas - Volunteering through an AAP

Programme ideas - Volunteering for under 16's

Programme ideas - Eco-friendly activities

Programme ideas - Accessible activities

Other Useful Information and Documentation

Duke of Edinburgh Assembly

Participant Enrollment Form

Click here for further information relating to the Duke of Edinburgh's Award

Click here for activity ideas

Click here for a kit list

Click here for further information - Dynamic Adventure Expedition Provider