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Duke of Edinburgh

The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme is acknowledged to be the world's leading youth achievement award which allows participants to gain new skills and experiences whilst at the same time preparing them for the challenges of later life.  The scheme has three levels:  Bronze, Silver and Gold.  each award is progressively harder to achieve.  Full details of the award scheme are on the DofE website; www.dofe.org.

What we do at JSA

At John Smeaton Academy we believe in you; there are no limits to what you can achieve. There is something for everybody and you ALL can be successful. The Duke of Edinburgh programme will help you develop skills for life, meet lots of new people, make a difference to the lives of others and support you in your journey to securing that dream job in the future.

When completing each section of your Duke of Edinburgh award, you should develop a programme which is specific and relevant to you. This is an inclusive programme: Many of the Duke of Edinburgh programme activities can be adapted to meet the needs of young people with disabilities and some, referred to as adapted sports, and are unique to disabled people.

In year 9, you have the opportunity to embark upon the Bronze Award. This involves completing three months of volunteering, three months of physical activity and three months of learning a new skill. You then complete three more months of any one of these. You then get to finish your experience with a 2 day, 1 night expedition where you will learn many skills such as teamwork, navigation, planning and much more.


Usually, volunteering for your Duke of Edinburgh award should be done for a charity, people you’re not related to or a not-for-profit organisation. This has changed slightly in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

At the moment you are allowed to volunteer for family members and this will count for the Volunteering section of your programme. A list of other volunteering examples can be found using this link:



Doing physical activity is fun and improves your health and physical fitness. There’s an activity to suit everyone so choose something you are really interested in. You can find a list of physical activities using this link:  https://www.dofe.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/programme_ideas_-_physical.pdf


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. Use this link to see what skills you can learn:



Going on an expedition gives you the chance to have an adventure, work as a team, and act on your own initiative. The expedition can be as far away or as close to home as you want it to be, and there are hundreds of ways you can go about it.

Mr Todd will plan the expedition for your Bronze award but here is a list of activities that could be used:


We hope year 9 get involved and have fun on the Duke of Edinburgh award.

The Benefits

When your child undertakes their DofE programme, they will develop the skills and attitudes they need to become more rounded, confident adults, qualities that attract colleges, universities and employers. When you put your backing behind your child's pursuit of a Duke of Edinburgh's Award, you are investing in valuable skills and setting the tone for a lifetime of achievement.

You will see all kinds of new talents bloom in your child as they achieve their Award including:

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