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Duke of Edinburgh's Award

Introduction to the Duke of Edinburgh award

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) is an internationally recognised youth programme that has been running since 1956. It operates in 144 countries around the world and has touched the lives of around 8 million young people. At Hope Valley College, the award scheme was first run in 2005 and has built a very strong reputation in the school with around 60-70% of students taking part during their Years 10-11.

There are three award levels (bronze, silver and, gold) open to young people up to the age of 25. At Hope Valley College we offer bronze level, and many students will continue their award journey at sixth form, university or as independent young adults.

Please see below for further details and useful links:


the Duke of Edinburgh timeline for 2022-23

Week beginning

9 Jan 2023

Introduction letter, and meeting for students. 

20 Jan 2023 Deadline for registration onto DofE school award scheme and first payment.
25 Jan 2023 Weekly, after-school training for students starts in preparation for expedition.
28 Jan 2023 First aid training half day in school for students.
3 Feb 2023

Deadline for at least two sections to have started and a good plan for all three.

21 April 2023

Second payment required to continue onto expedition section.

13-14 May 2023 Practice expedition in Peak District.
16-17 Sept 2023 Final (assessed) expedition in Peak District.


Certificates and pins will be posted to families individually.


Hope Valley College D of E Introduction Video


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