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The 'Duke of Edinburgh's Award'

The Duke of Edinburgh Award 2020/2021

It is very important that you read all of this letter before you take any action towards signing up for the award.

At this moment in time we cannot give you any dates for the day training and the weekend expeditions, so until we have confirmation that we are covid-19 clear no money will be paid and the dates are issued.

If you sign up and then drop out after the dates are issued and you have made a payment there is no refund of your sign-up fee only.

Please note: that this Award is a remote supervision activity and when the Students are on their expedition, the teachers will only meet them at checkpoints on their route and at the campsite. If you feel they cannot be left alone, do not sign them up for the award.

All students will be expected to attend weekly training sessions to become proficient in navigation, camp-crafts, health & safety and emergency procedures, failure to attend on a regular basis will mean exclusion from the expeditions.


To All Year 8 Students/Parents/Carers

I would like to invite you to take part in this year’s Duke of Edinburgh Award which will start in October 2020, there are limited bronze places available this season and the fairest way to decide who will take these places will be to put all of the completed applications into a hat and draw them out with the first out being offered a place and the rest will be put onto a waiting list and if any of the drawn out students who do not wish to take their place it will be offered to the next in line. (Please note that all who have completed their bronze award will be offered a chance to do silver).

What is it?

The Duke of Edinburgh Award is a voluntary, non-competitive programme of practical, cultural and adventurous activities, designed to support the personal and social development of young people aged 13/14-25. It offers an individual challenge and encourages young people to undertake exciting, constructive and enjoyable activities in their free time, with a well recognised award at the end to show a possible employer your determination to commit and undertake challenges.

What does the programme consist of?

It is a Four Section Programme with three progressive levels.

Bronze (for year 9)

Silver (for year 10 and 12)

Gold (Unfortunately gold will be postponed until further notice due to this year’s Covid-19 outbreak)

What do the Sections involve?

The section involves:

· Volunteering- Helping other people in the local community.

· Skills- Covering almost any hobby, skill or interest.

· Physical Recreation- Sports, dance and fitness.

· Expeditions- Training for, planning and completing on foot two weekend expeditions (camping overnight).

How long will it take?

It takes at least six months to achieve the Bronze Award, twelve months for Silver and eighteen months for Gold. This means you will need approximately four hours per week dedicated to this Award. 1 hour per week after school for the Expedition training and 2 to 3 hours for your chosen activities over the week.

How much will it cost?

(After dates are issued) - Please note: All dates are provisional and are subject to change, unfortunately if we do need to change the dates and you cannot attend an activity the sign on fee of £22 is non-refundable but the rest of the cost will be refunded.

· £22 for a Welcome Pack & eDofE account & Limited personal accident insurance www.DofE.org/go/insurance & you will receive a certificate and bronze badge on completion.

· Expeditions - £64 which consists of 1 training day & 1 weekend expedition (food and transport not included).

· Volunteering - usually little or no cost.

· Skills- cost depends on the skill chosen and can be negligible.

· Physical Recreation- costs depend on the sport chosen and on local availability.

Expeditions- Equipment can be expensive but can often be borrowed or hired, but you will need a minimum 65 litre rucksack, good waterproof walking boots with ankle protection, Cagoule and over trousers with taped seams, a sleeping bag and a roll up carry mat to sleep on. The school will provide tents, cooking equipment, fuel, maps, Group first aid kits (a small personal kit will be required), campsite fees and to cover voluntary helper’s expenses which the Rushcliffe School will provide (There are no paid staff doing the D of E they all give up their own time to help voluntarily).

Proposed dates for next year’s Expeditions:

No dates are available at this time.

When the dates are issued please ensure you are available for all relevant activities before you pay for this award ‘You must attend the two weekends to qualify for the award with no exceptions’

What do I need to do next?

If you are interested and feel up to the challenge talk to your parents about the award as they will need to support you, download the enrolment form, research what you are going to do, fill in the forms and print off. Please ensure it is signed by yourself and a parent/carer and then return it to Mr Witts by Tuesday 14th July 2020, any forms received after this date or not correctly filled in will not be included in the draw and the forms can be found on the school web-site under Information, Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Only when you have been informed by Mr Witts that you have been accepted to do the award and the dates have been confirmed will you then pay the £86 for the welcome pack / eDofE account & expedition costs.

Please do not start any of the activities until 1st October and you have been accepted by Mr Witts.

Yours sincerely,

Mr I D Witts

The Duke of Edinburgh Award Manager at Rushcliffe School


Duke of Edinburgh Programme Ideas

Duke of Edinburgh Enrolment Form 20/21