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Duke of Edinburgh's Award

Introduction to the Duke of Edinburgh award

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) is an internationally recognised youth programme that has been running since 1956. It operates in 144 countries around the world and has touched the lives of around 8 million young people. At Hope Valley College, the award scheme was first run in 2005 and has built a very strong reputation in the school with around 60-70% of students taking part during their Y10-11.

There are three award levels (bronze, silver and, gold) open to young people up to the age of 25. At Hope Valley College we offer bronze level, and many students will continue their award journey at sixth form, university or as independent young adults.

Please see below for further details and useful links -


the Duke of Edinburgh timeline for 2021-22

Week beginning

18th Oct 2021

Introduction letter, and meeting for students. 

5th Nov 2021 Deadline for registration onto DofE College award scheme and first payment
26th Nov 2021 Deadline for at least two sections to have started and a good plan for all three
1st Dec 2021 Weekly, after-school training for students starts in preparation for expedition
30th Jan 2022 First aid training half day in College for students
18th March 2022

Deadline for at least two sections to have been completed. Second payment required to continue onto expedition section

7th - 8th May 2022 Practice expedition in Peak District
17th - 18th Sept 2022 Final (assessed) expedition in Peak District

Celebration evening for graduating Y11s

(date tbc)

Certificates and pins awarded, and achievements recognised at College


Duke of Edinburgh slide show

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