Duke of Edinburgh Award

The Duke of Edinburgh Award is a challenge open to all young people aged between
14 and 25 years old. There are three levels of the award: Bronze, Silver and Gold.

For Bronze and Silver, there are four sections to complete; for Gold, five sections. The four sections they must complete are Volunteering, Physical, Skill and Expedition, with Residential at Gold award level only.


DofE at Rickmansworth School

At Rickmansworth, we are pleased to be offering students the opportunity to start their Bronze, Silver and are in the planning stages to offer the Gold DofE Award.

The Bronze Award is open to Year 9 students and we currently offer 72 Spaces. The course is run from September where students attend classes after School following the DofE syllabus which include topics like navigation, first aid and camp craft. The students then undertake two overnight expeditions usually one in May and one in July to complete the course. Students are requested to complete an application to be considered for a place on this award. The expedition at this level is run by fully trained and experienced School staff

The Silver Award is currently open to years 10 and 12 which also runs from September but the final expedition is the following year in September. The expeditions are currently held in the New Forest and South Wales. These are 3 days and 2 nights long.           

Over the past three years, the Award has grown and more and more students have had the opportunity to attempt the award and Rickmansworth had maintained a very high completion rate.

  • 2016/2017 - 42 Year 10  Students - 94% completion rate
  • 2017/2018 - 84 Year 9 and 10 Students - 95% completion rates
  • 2018/2019 - 60 Year 9 Bronze Students and 15 Year 10 and 12 Silver students - Expected 85%
  • 2019/2020 -  72 Year 9 Bronze students and 40 Year 10 and 12 Silver Students.

If you have a query about the award at Rickmansworth please contact:

DofE@rickmansworth.herts.sch.uk