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DUke of Edinburgh

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is a voluntary, non-competitive programme of activities for 14–25 year olds, designed to offer pupils a personal and individual challenge. At Graveney we encourage students to develop their teamwork skills whilst also promoting the independence and resilience to complete each section successfully.

The Award was founded in 1956 and has been running at Graveney School for almost 20 years. In 2021-2022 we had nearly 400 students working towards one of their awards.

There are three levels of award: Bronze, Silver and Gold. Here at Graveney, we run the Bronze Award in Year 9, the Silver Award in Year 10 and the Gold Award in Years 12 and 13.

Each one of these awards requires completion of an activity in four sections (five at gold):

Volunteering – giving help in your local community. Participants choose from commitments such as: first aid, child care, conservation, lifesaving, award leadership, sports leadership award, charity volunteering and fundraising.

Physical – This section of the award is based on individual improvement and achievement on a physical activity ranging from sport, dance or fitness.

Skills – Participants can choose from many leisure time activities. They must show progress and perseverance.

Expedition – Participants plan, train for and then undertake a journey in the countryside. The qualifying expedition is undertaken in small teams, unaccompanied, though supervised and assessed by adults.

Residential - At Gold level there is a fifth element, a residential project where participants undertake a 5-day shared activity in a residential setting away from home.

The programme is very flexible and allows students to choose from a wide range of activities. They could start something new they've always wanted to do or work on an activity they already enjoy!

For more ideas visit the DofE website here: https://www.dofe.org/do/ideas/ 

e D of E

After successful application, enrolment and payment students will receive their eDofE logins or access to the next level of their DofE award.

This is the area where participants upload their sectional plans, (to be approved by a DofE leader), and finally submit all evidence for completion of each section.


Getting Started with DofE

DofE Bronze Purple Flash Newsletter

DofE Silver Red Flash Newsletter

Programme Ideas for DofE

How to set up your EDofE account

D of E Bronze - Purple Flash Confirmation Letter

D of E Silver - Red Flash Confirmation Letter

 More 2023-24 resources coming soon!


Expedition Dates  - all levels Summer 2024

Purple Flash - Bronze DofE

Qualifier Expedition

  • Expedition 1: Monday 1st - Tuesday 2nd July 2024
  • Expedition 2: Tuesday 2nd - Wednesday 3rd July 2024
  • Expedition 3: Wednesday 3rd - Thursday 4th July 2024
  • Expedition 4: Thursday 4th - Friday 5th July 2024

Red Flash - Silver DofE

Practice Expedition

  • Expedition 1: Monday 13th - Wednesday 15th May 2024
  • Expedition 2: Monday 20th - Wednesday 22st 2024

Qualifier Expedition

  • Expedition 1: Monday 8th - Wednesday 10th July 2024
  • Expedition 2: Wednesday 10th - Friday 12th July 2024

Year 12 - Gold DofE

Practice Expedition: 

  • Friday 7th - Sunday 9th June 2024

Qualifier Expedition:

  • Thursday 18th July - Tuesday 23rd July 2024

Get the D of E app

Link: Get the DofE app now! 
The app (lets you start, manage and finish your programme by bringing eDofE to your mobile. 
You can download the app for free from the App Store on iPhones and Google Play on Android phones using the link above.

  • Use the app to:
  • plan your programme and get approval from your Leader
  • record evidence
  • message your Leader
  • submit your programme for completion
  • sync important dates to your phone calendar
  • and add your personalised DofE Card to your digital wallet, so you can easily use your exclusive discounts
  • App store https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/dofe/id1476364195

Useful links and resources

DofE Assessor

The section assessor can choose to fill out the assessor evidence online rather than in the provided booklet.  https://www.dofe.org/assessor/ 

please note

Assessors must not be family members!

  Expedition Resources - All levels