The opportunity to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme is a fundamental part of the Formby High School ethos. Students in Year 9 have the opportunity to complete the Bronze scheme whilst Silver is completed in Year 10 and Gold during Years 12 and 13.

The aim is to provide an enjoyable, challenging and rewarding programme of personal development for young people which is of the highest quality and the widest reach.  The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is an award for personal achievement that can be obtained by anyone aged 14 to 25 and can take anywhere between one and four years to complete, depending on the route taken.

Mr Duckworth, our Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Coordinator, says: “By encouraging students to accept the challenge of the DofE award, I feel that we are giving them opportunities to develop many life skills, which are greatly valued by employers and further education institutions.  Students who start the awards at 14 years of age, develop into mature, self-confident and adventurous team players, who accept and relish challenges.  A Gold DofE Award recipient really does stand out from the crowd!”

The award encourages the following disciplines, which help to shape them as students, citizens and future professionals:

  • Self-development
  • Working as part of a team
  • Improving problem-solving skills
  • Developing leadership skills
  • Working independently
  • Acquisition of new hobbies and skills
  • Adopting a healthy lifestyle
  • Giving time to the service of others.

Whilst Mr Nixon will oversee the school based elements of the Award, we have enlisted the services the Youth and Community Partnership (YCP) (www.the-ycp.co.uk) as our external provider  to deliver the expedition elements of the awards.

For full information about each award level, please click on the relevant link below:


If you would like to learn more about The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award at Formby High School, please contact Mr Duckworth (DofE Coordinator) on 01704 873100 or via email at [email protected].

We recognise that success is not confined to academic achievement. Finding the resilience to overcome personal obstacles, representing the school at sport, confronting your fears when stepping out on the stage for the first time, having the courage to speak out for what you believe is right, and making friends and memories that will stay with you for life are all as important as achieving academic success.

Yes, academic excellence is crucial and we are committed to helping every student push their personal boundaries and reach or exceed their potential. We are equally committed, though, to ensuring that their experience at Formby High School is one of opportunity, happiness, challenge and high aspiration.

We want our students to leave with the knowledge, skills, confidence and self-awareness that will prepare them well for the challenges, opportunities and uncertainties of later life.

Key Contacts


Mr M Duckworth
Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Coordinator


Useful Links


Application Form


Please complete the Application Form by clicking here.