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Duke of Edinburgh's Award

unnamedThe Duke of Edinburgh’s Award was started at Pudsey Grammar School in Autumn 2015. Students enrol for Bronze Level in Year 9 and the Gold award in Year 12 (although, if requested, we will consider Year 9 students).  At present we have pupils from Years 9 to 13 on the scheme working at Bronze and Gold levels.

Reasons to get involved

Recent surveys suggest that increasingly employers are not just looking for good qualifications but evidence of the following personal qualities .......

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Leadership, teamwork, self motivation, communication, confidence, consideration and the ability to learn


Of all the activities carried out by schools the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award came out top in the ability to demonstrate and develop these qualities.  So doing the Duke of Edinburgh Award is: 

  • Excellent evidence for CV's, Job and University applications.
  • Equally important it's great fun, very rewarding and a fantastic way of gaining confidence and skills in new areas.

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What's Involved?

 The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is based on 4 sections:

  • Service - Such as volunteering, fundraising for a charity of your choice, peer mentoring.  
  • Skill - Build up a skill in an area of your choice e.g. photography, astronomy, crafts, music,
  • Physical Recreation - Show dedication and progression within a sport. Swimming, Football, Dancing etc.
  • Residential for Gold only – Undertake a 5 day visit to a Residential Centre as part of a group with a common activity eg, sailing or conservation.
  • Expedition - Work in a team to plan and go on an expedition for 2 days and 1 night (at Bronze level)


Award Level Min Age Distance Duration Planned Activity Type of Terrain
Bronze 14



2 days & 1 night Min of 6 hrs/day Normal/Familiar
Silver 15



3 days & 2 nights Min of 7 hrs/day Open Unfamiliar
Gold 16



4 days & 3 nights Min of 8 hrs/day Open/Wild/Unfamiliar


2020-21 Expeditions

Bronze Expedition Training:

Information regarding expedition training and the actual expedition will be published when the information has been released.

DoE Kit List Bronze

DoE Food Ideas

 For more information visit the Duke of Edinburgh website at

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