Registration for DCHS Duke of Edinburgh Awards Scheme is no open.

Please make a payment of £50 to school for registering your child onto the scheme. This can be made by cheque and handed in on Wednesday at the lunchtime drop in session or to form tutors.

The second payment your deposit, it is paid to us and is due now. It can be paid using the Book Now link for the appropriate award.

What is the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme?

The DofE is the world’s leading youth achievement award, giving millions of 14 to 24-year-olds the opportunity to be the very best they can be

There are three levels of programme you can do which, when successfully completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. The main differences between them are the minimum length of time they take to complete, how challenging they are and the minimum age you can start.

It is a personal achievement award and each section is done by the student, with the exception of the Expedition, which is in teams of 4 to 7. Most students choose to do their award on foot, but it can also be done cycling, boating / canoeing and on horseback. We will for this year only be offering expeditions on foot.

Why are Adventure Northumberland involved?

Adventure Northumberland are a Alnwick based company delivering outdoor activities. For the academic year 2018/19 we have partnered with The Duchess Community High School to re-introduce the award to students at the school.

Adventure Northumberland are DofE Approved Activity providers and will be delivering the award on behalf of the school.

A member of Adventure Northumberland staff will be in school early in the new term to discuss the award with students. This will be a drop-in session. From there on, we will be in school at lease twice a term to encourage students and help with advice on progressing through their award.

We will help with advice on how to complete each section of the award and we will be delivering all the training required for expeditions.

What is the cost?

The cost of the award is broken into 2 elements.

In the first instance £50 paid to DCHS for registration onto the scheme.

The second element will be paid direct to Adventure Northumberland and will depend on the award your child is doing. See Award Details below.

This cost includes

  • Tents
  • Stoves and fuel
  • All camp site fees.
  • Training and Supervision by a Qualified Leader
  • Support in school with regular drop in sessions each term from the DofE Manager / leader
  • Travel to and from the start / finish of expedition at Silver and Gold Level.

We will also deal with all enquiries from students (and parents) on how to complete their eDofE records to ensure all sections are completed.

The DofE suggested kit list can be downloaded from here. We can help with hire of Ruck sacks, sleeping mats and sleeping bags, There is a nominal charge of £5 per item for any of these.

We have created a short presentation about The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme - you can download your copy by Clicking Here.

Bronze Award - £165 + £50

For most students bronze is the entry point to the scheme.

You must be 14yrs of age and like all awards you have until your 25th birthday to complete it.

The award is made up for 4 sections.

  • Volunteering (3 months)
  • Physical Activity (3 months)
  • Skills (3 months)
  • Expedition 2 days and 1 night.

Students are also asked to do an additional 3 months on a section of choice - Volunteering, Physical Activity or a New Skill.

A lot of this will be covered in the normal school week or out of school activities. playing for a local team, attending a gym session or learning to play an instrument or drama group.

The expeditions will take place locally, Felton > Warkworth > Alnmouth.

Silver Award - £225 +£50

For most students this will be their second award but can be an entry point as well. Students having done their bronze elsewhere can also join this scheme.

For Silver, you must be 15yrs of age and like all awards you have till your 25th birthday to complete it.

The award is made up of 4 sections

  • Volunteering (6 months)
  • Physical Activity (3 months)
  • Skills (3 months)
  • Expedition 3 days and 2 nights

Students are also asked to do an additional 3 months on a section of choice - Physical activity or a new skill. Again, as in Bronze most of this is covered in normal school or after school activities.

The expeditions will take place in The Cheviots. Transport from School is included in the price for practice and qualifying expeditions.

Gold Award - £285 +£50

For most students this will be their third award but can be an entry point as well. Students having done their Bronze and / or Silver elsewhere can also join this scheme.

Please contact us to discuss Direct Entry to the Gold Award as there are additional requirements set for each candidate above those described here.

For Gold, you must be 16yrs of age and like all awards you have till your 25th birthday to complete it.

The award is made up of 5 sections

  • Volunteering (12 months)
  • Physical Activity (6 months)
  • Skills (6 months)
  • Expedition 4 days and 3 nights

Residential - This is 5 days and 4 nights away. (It is not included in the price, but is an option parents can buy from us should they wish.)

Students are also asked to do an additional 6 months on a section of choice - Physical activity or a new skill. As in Bronze and Silver most of this is covered in normal school or after school activities. We will be offering suggestions on where they can volunteer.

The Expedition will take place outside of Northumberland, it will take place in what DofE describe as Wild Country. These area include The Lake District, North Durham and The Pennines, North Yorks Moors and Dales, Scottish Borders and Highlands. The cost of transport for these expeditions is included in the price.

What next?

We are planning a drop-in session at school on 12th September, this is an opportunity for interested students to call in for a chat and find out more about the scheme. This will be in Mr. Brown's room H3 at Lunchtime 12th and 19th September 2019.

On Wednesday, 19th September Students will register for the award, at this point payment will be made to the school £50 and you as a parent can book your child's DofE Package. This is done via our website. Some students may be offered financial support if on free school meals. Please contact us to discuss.

We will then communicate direct by email with dates options for expeditions and information on meetings and get together.

If you have any questions or are interested in a parents evening to discuss this in more detail please either email us or call Michael on 01665 602925.