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Duke of Edinburgh

The DofE is many things to many people, supporting generations to successfully navigate adult life.


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.

There are four sections to complete at Bronze and Silver level and five at Gold. They involve helping the community/environment, becoming fitter, developing new skills, planning, training for and completing an expedition and, for Gold only, working with a team on a residential activity.

Any young person can do their DofE – regardless of ability, gender, background or location. 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 uni and job applications.

Basic information and FAQ




During this difficult time, DofE have put together some resources to assist all its participants.





Hollywater School and the DofE



At Hollywater, the pupils complete the Duke of Edinburgh Award as part of the Personal, Social, and Health education programme.  The award promotes independence, personal skill development and working as a team.

Pupils will be organised into teams (no more than 7 and a minimum of 4) taking into account their levels of independence and personal skills.

Most pupils will complete their Bronze award in YR10.  Some pupils will complete their Bronze award over 2 years during YR10 and YR11.  This is to allow them additional time to practise key elements and skills for their expedition section.

Those pupils achieving their Bronze award in 1 year, will continue on to their Silver award in YR11.


Pupils work with their class teachers to complete the four sections:






Pupils are involved in the discussion about their aim and work within their teams for each section as part of their curriculum.  The sections take either 3 or 6 months to complete and are assessed by their class teachers or other Duke of Edinburgh leaders within school.  Silver teams may be assessed by an external assessor for their Expedition section.

The Expedition section includes night(s) away and the training for this continues all year, through extended walking activities which require some kit, purchased at the beginning of the year.

Initial costings:

  • walking boots
  • rucksack (minimum 30 litre)
  • waterproof jacket and trousers


If there are any issues in purchasing this kit for the start of term, please speak to your child's class teacher as soon as possible.


*During this difficult time DofE and Hampshire Outdoors has suspended all Expeditions until further notice*

Hollywater School will notify all Parents and pupils with updates as we move forwards.

Duke of Edinburgh packs and letters

Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award 2020


As part of the pupils Volunteering section of their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award they oranised a MacMillan Coffee Morning for all the other pupils at Hollywater School.  They would really like to say a MASSIVE THANK YOU for your support and helping them with their fundraising.  So far you have donated £339!!!

If you would like to donate please use this link to access our fundraising page