DofE Gold Award

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The Gold Award is open to all students over 16 years old, who successfully completed their Bronze and Silver Awards. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is an exciting and challenging programme of non-competitive, voluntary activities leading to a nationally recognised qualification.  Participants are encouraged to develop those personal qualities of self-reliance, leadership, responsibility, confidence and perseverance that will help them throughout their lives and are so highly valued by universities and employers.

The Elements of the Gold Award

Students will need to complete four sections to complete their Gold Award. Two sections must be done for 12 months and one section for six months:

  • Physical Recreation – Taking part regularly in a physical activity.
  • Skills – Development of a skill or skills that improve your ability to do something
  • Volunteering (must be 12 months) – Provide a regular and reliable commitment to an organisation in the local community

Students will need to undertake a shared activity in a residential setting for five days and four nights in mostly unfamiliar company (e.g. National Trust conservation project, Tall Ships voyage, assisting with a group holiday for children/disabled people). This residential must be coordinated by the students themselves.

Students should ensure that they choose activities they are interested in and receive training from an appropriate adult.  They must fully comply with the requirements of the Award, which are set out clearly on the DofE website Students will receive their pack in November, but should start their activities as soon as their application is submitted.

Students will also complete an expedition with The Youth & Community Partnership ( where they will need to train, prepare for and complete a physically demanding journey in a small group over four days, with three nights camping. A detailed report/video/presentation has to be made of the venture. The venture must be unaccompanied to encourage a spirit of adventure and self-reliance. Students are also required to plan their own routes and experiences. Students need to be aware that the expedition requires more preparation and is more demanding than Silver and it will require a high level of fitness, stamina, time commitment and personal organisation. Students will be accompanied by YCP staff members, who are fully qualified and experience outdoor instructors, and all of whom are first aid trained. Formby High School staff members will accompany each expedition and to provide additional support over the three days.

Please be aware of the key dates for the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award this year. Please note in line with our educational visits policy, students will only be allowed to participate in the expedition if they demonstrate good conduct and behave responsibly whilst at Formby High School.

  • Training Day – Sunday 3rd March 2019
  • Practice Expedition – Thursday 25th – Monday 29th April 2019
  • Qualifying Expedition – Thursday 13th – Monday 17th June 2019

How to Apply

All applications will  need to be returned to Mr Rigby via email by 10 November 2017.  Please click on the link below to access full information and how to apply: