Duke of Edinburgh

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme helps young people to plan and undertake their own programmes of activity, to develop mentally, physically and emotionally.

Here at St. John Fisher Catholic Comprehensive we provide the opportunity for all Year 9 students to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Bronze Award, with the option in later years to complete the Silver and Gold Awards.

As well as being a fun opportunity for students to build on skills, work as a team and help within the community, it is also highly regarded by higher education establishments and employers, often providing the crucial standout advantage on CV’s and in interviews.

Students will complete four sections (five for Gold): Volunteering,

Physical, Skills, Expedition and for Gold, a Residential. The expedition at Bronze involves planning, preparing for and undertaking a two-day hike in a group of between four and seven people. Expedition training runs regularly throughout the year covering important things such as map reading, camp craft and first aid.
As part of our school ethos volunteering is an important part of the award package as students spend free time on service projects either around the school or in their own communities.

For more information please see the official website at



How to sign up for the award

Each years intake will be announced by special assembly in April (Term 5) and all year 8 students will be provided with sign-up sheets and further information, a short consultation period will occur at this time.

The average price for Bronze participants is £75 (subject to change)

Full documentation and payment options will be available via ParentMail in 2019. www.parentmail.co.uk

Bronze (Year 9)

Next intake

23rd of April (Term 5)

Close date

30th of June (Term 6)

Silver (Year 10)

Next intake

15th June (Term 6)

Close Date

30th of September (Term 1)

Gold (Year 12)

Coming in 2020


Key Dates 2018-19

Dates Events
3rd of October (8:30am) Year 9 special assembly with Malcolm Hutton (MOAC)
4th of October (3:15pm – 4:15pm) DofE lecture and contract/forms hand out
11th of October (3:15pm – 4:15pm) DofE lecture and contract/forms hand out
18th of October by 3pm Deadline for applications and payment
22nd – 28th of October Half term
1st of November First DofE planning session
January to April Completing and logging evidence
April Expedition planning
7-9th June Practice Expedition
12-14th July Assessed Expedition
July Celebration assembly
October Next year… The Silver award…


How to Access eDofE

Accessing eDofE requires a username and password combination, initially this is set to the participant’s name and date of birth but can be changed upon accessing for the first time. The eDofE mobile website (highly recommended for uploading evidence straight from phones) is where all evidence is logged, assessed and tracked. It is also the first point of contact for support.



How to support us

Of course no organisation develops without help, we have already received donations from staff, parents and charitable organisations and would dearly like to thank those that have a made DofE at St. John Fisher a reality.

With that in mind continued donations are enthusiastically appreciated. You can help to support us by providing any of the resources listed on the official DofE Kit List, contacting us with any opportunities you may be aware of or simple moral support.



Important Contacts

DofE Co-ordinator – Mr M. Harman

Email: M.Harman@stjohnfisher.school