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Welcome to the Duke of Edinburgh Award at The Windsor Boys’ School. Here you will find out information about the Club of the Year 2019 and how your son can join in with this internationally recognised award.
The DofE Award is for everyone. No matter what your life circumstances are, there is a programme for you that will help you get off the sofa and out into the world. It is all about going the extra mile – gaining new skills, pushing yourself physically, helping others and exploring new territories. At the same time, you’ll gather friendships, experiences and memories that will last a lifetime. By completing this Award future employers, colleges and universities will know that you have a whole array of skills. Click on this link to see just a selection of them. Skills
Currently at TWBS we offer Bronze and Gold Awards. Bronze starts at the end of Year 9 and Gold at the start of Sixth Form. It is very possible to complete your non-expedition sections using the extra-curricular activities offered at school. However, you are also encouraged to pursue activities away from school, the choice is yours. To help get you started here are a few popular ideas for Volunteering, Skills and Physical at TWBS ideas
The Bronze Award is the introduction to the DofE Award. Each section must be completed for one hour per week for three months. Then, you must choose ONE of those sections to continue for a further three months.
Please click this link programme ideas to find out more ideas for what you can choose for each section. Before you begin you need to log what you intend to do on eDofE. Please click this link user guide to find out how to do this. At the end of each section you must get your activity assessed by your assessor. They should complete an assessor’s report using your eDofE number. Please click this https://www.edofe.org/assessor/ to get to this report.
The Expedition – involves two parts – the training weekend and the assessed expedition.
The training weekend takes place from Friday after school till Sunday lunch time, usually in March or April. It takes place at Dorney Scout Campsite near Burnham Beeches where students will take part in a night hike, learn campcraft, cook their food on the popular Trangia Stoves and, most importantly, learn to plan and navigate their routes.
This is a pinnacle of the DofE Award. It is so prestigious successful young people receive their award from a member of the Royal Family at one of the palaces. Please see our photo gallery for pics of our students receiving their award at Buckingham Palace in spring 2019.
The Gold Award involved Volunteering, Skill and Physical sections, like Bronze, but for longer. It also involves a Residential section, unique to this level. Please click on the link to find out more about this section.
The expedition takes place over three weekends. The first weekend involves training at Dorney Scout Campsite. The second is the practice expedition and third is the assessed expedition. The first takes place in March or April, the practice in May and assessed in September of Year 13. We use a company called Adventure Plus who organise this for us.
The Bronze Award costs £125. This includes the DofE admin fee, welcome pack, DofE license fee, campsite, training weekend food and general equipment maintenance.
The Gold Award cost depends on numbers, but could range from £330 – £450. This will be confirmed when numbers are finalised. We work with WGS to keep costs down.
Our DofE Ambassadors:
Now in their second year as ambassadors, Henry Fargher and Caleb Sampson have been a super asset to the award at TWBS. Both received Community prizes at Speech Day and contributed to the DofE at TWBS winning the Club of the Year, a very proud moment for all of us. Please feel free to ask them any questions about the award.
Here is an amazing video that explains what the award is all about.
Expedition photos and videos:
Have a look below at the photo gallery and some videos put together by our own Gold students showing life on expedition
DofE Documents and Expedition Information:
The TWBS DofE Team