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Duke of Edinburgh

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Do DofE

The Duke of Edinburgh award is an opportunity for students to have fun, develop new skills and build confidence and self-esteem.

Take part

Taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh award helps young people to gain essential skills and attributes for work and adult life including resilience, problem-solving, team-working and communication and drive.

What is the DofE

The Duke of Edinburgh award is an internationally recognised qualification, taking part in the programme demonstrates key skills and commitment that are attractive to prospective employers and enhance CVs and uni and job applications.

The Charter School East Dulwich supports every student with the opportunity to achieve the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh award. This is a key part of the extracurricular offer at the school and over 250 of our current Year 9 and Year 10 students are completing the programme this year.


Once the bronze award has been completed, students have the opportunity to take part in either the Silver or Gold awards.  The Duke of Edinburgh Award Is incredibly popular with our students and is considered a real highlight of their time at Charter.

With assistance from adult leaders, participants select and set objectives in each of the following areas:


●     Volunteering: Undertaking service to individuals or the community.

●     Physical: Improving in an area of sport, dance or fitness activities.

●     Skills: Developing practical and social skills and personal interests.

●     Expedition: planning, training for and completion of an adventurous journey in the UK or abroad.


At Gold level, participants must do an additional residential section, which involves staying and working away from home for five days, doing a shared activity.  

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