What is The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award?

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is an internationally recognised and acclaimed qualification which gives students opportunities to:

  • Develop valuable transferable skills which will help to equip them for life outside of the academy
  • Develop teamwork and leadership skills
  • Enhance their level of independence

Through active participation in the DofE, we aim to empower students to become active citizens and positive role models in the 21st Century.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award at The Farnley Academy

Participants may enrol for their Bronze Award at the start of the academic year of their fourteenth birthday. At The Farnley Academy, we are proud to be offering the Bronze Award for the 6th year. In recent years, approximately 30-40 pupils have completed their Bronze Award each year, and we are excited to have seen numbers grow this year – we are currently supporting around 90 pupils through their Bronze Awards. Key dates for upcoming activities are provided in the table below. Please also refer to the News section of the website for recent developments and updates.
For further information, please email [email protected]

Summer holidays Students already enrolled to work towards completing their skill, physical and volunteering sections.
Monday 4th September Year 9 enrolment opens.
Week of Monday 11th September eDofE sessions for year 10 students for sign-off.
Friday 13th September Year 9 enrolment deadline
From Wednesday 18th September Rolling programme of eDofE induction sessions for new pupils to get set up online and record their activities.
Monday 7th October Engage evening
September-October dates TBC Year 10 expedition 3 – training, practice and qualifying expedition.
Friday 25th October Deadline for year 9 plans to be finalised and approved online. All year 9 up and running with skill, physical and volunteering sections.

‘The expedition experience made me laugh, nearly cry and made every rest feel like heaven.’

Charlotte, Year 11

The D of E Award was a challenging few days but very rewarding.  Although it was tough, it was a good chance to have a laugh with mates as well as getting a good addition to your CV.’

Alfie, Year 11

‘I found D of E to be an enriching, challenging and rewarding experience that helped me develop as a person.’

Jake, Year 11

What is involved?

The successful completion of the Bronze Award will see each participant spending at least three months engaging in the following activities:

1. Volunteering in the local community

2. Pursuing a skill or hobby

3. Taking part in physical recreation

One of the sections above must be continued for a total of six months. Students are also required to plan, train for and complete a self-sufficient walking expedition. At the Farnley Academy, we have several DofE qualified members of staff who, together with the specialist knowledge of our contacts at Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, have developed a comprehensive training programme which provides students with the skills and knowledge to complete their expedition.

What can you gain?

We firmly believe that the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is an enormously positive experience for students.  Benefits include:

  • Increased self-confidence
  • Independence
  • Sense of responsibility
  • Development of new skills
  • New friendships
  • Ability to lead and work as part of a team

Students who complete the Award report a strong sense of achievement and enjoyment.

In addition, the Duke of Edinburgh’s Bronze Award is the equivalent to a GCSE and is looked upon favourably by prospective colleges, universities and employers.

Still want to know more?

Visit the “What is Duke of Edinburgh?” page on the official site