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Duke of Edinburgh Award

Taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award is a life-changing experience. A fun time with friends. An opportunity to discover new interests and talents. A tool to develop essential skills for life and work. A recognised mark of achievement; respected by many employers.

14-24 year-olds can do a DofE programme at one of three progressive levels which, when successfully completed, leads to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. At Astrea Academy Dearne we offer the Bronze Award to our Y9 students and the Silver Award to our Y10 students, the Gold Award is a post 16 option.

There are four sections to complete at Bronze and Silver level and five at Gold. They involve helping the community/environment ‘volunteering section’, becoming fitter ‘physical section’, developing new skills ‘skills section’, planning, training & completing an expedition and, for Gold only, working with a team on a residential activity such as taking part in NCS. Achieving an Award isn’t a competition or about being first. It’s all about setting personal challenges and pushing personal boundaries.

Through a DofE programme young people have fun, make friends, improve their self-esteem and build confidence. They gain essential skills and attributes for work and life such as resilience, problem-solving, team-working, communication and drive, enhancing CVs and university and job applications. Top employers recognise the work-ready skills Award holders bring to their business.

Astrea Academy Dearne is a DofE Licenced Organisation. Through the Licensed Organisation (LO) young people (or their parents/carers) pay for a ‘Participation Place’ and are supported by ‘Leaders’ who support them through their programmes, helping them to choose their activities, set their objectives and achieve their Award.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is a registered charity, funded by donations, Participation Places and licences. The charity works with LOs across the UK to increase opportunities for young people to gain the benefits of doing their DofE.

Taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award is a life-changing experience. A fun time with friends. An opportunity to discover new interests and talents. A tool to develop essential skills for life and work. A recognised mark of achievement; respected by many employers.

Astrea Academy Dearne – Duke of Edinburgh Team

Mrs H Parkin – DofE Centre Manager, Bronze, Silver & Gold Award Assessor

Mr N Todd – DofE Leader, Bronze & Silver Award Assessor

Mr T Bagnall – DofE Leader, Bronze, Silver & Gold Award Assessor
Miss Z Lees – DofE Leader, Bronze & Silver Award Assessor
Mr E Child – DofE Leader
Ms S Lynch – DofE Assistant
Miss J Watson – DofE Assistant
Mr C Atkinson – DofE Assistant
Mrs D Sutton – DofE Assistant