DofE Silver Award

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The Silver Award is open to all Year 10 students, who successfully completed their Bronze Award . The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is an exciting and challenging programme of non-competitive, voluntary activities leading to a nationally recognized 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 Silver Award

Students will need to complete three sections to complete their Silver Award. Two sections must be done for six months and one section for three 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 6 months) – Provide a regular and reliable commitment to an organisation in the local community.

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 who did not complete the Bronze Award will need to complete some sections over longer periods.

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 three days, with two nights camping. Students will be accompanied by YCP staff members, who are fully qualified and experienced outdoor instructors, and all of whom are first aid trained. Formby High School staff members will accompany the expeditions and to provide additional support over the three days.

Please be aware of the key dates for the Silver 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 9th June 2019
  • Practice Expedition – Friday 21st – Sunday 23rd June 2019
  • Qualifying Expedition – Friday 12th – Sunday 14th July 2019

How to Apply

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