Duke of Edinburgh's Award - YJB


Due to government guidance all DofE training within YJB has been suspended. The DofE have made a number of adjustments to the way awards can be completed that will allow for our current cohorts to make progress. You will have received regular updates by email from the DofE on these. This is an evolving situation and we all look forward to being out in the hills again!

Current DofE Participants (Bronze and Silver)

It is possible to achieve a "certificate of completion" by submitting assessor's reports for the Skill, Physical and Volunteering sections. If you then complete the practice expedition of the next level of the award (e.g. you sign off skill, physical and volunteering for bronze, then do your silver practice expedition) that can also be counted as your bronze qualifying expedition.

Current DofE Participants (Gold)

Participants have until they are 25 to complete Gold awards. If possible they should continue to complete their skill, physical and volunteering sections. Currently residential opportunities are challenging for participants to arrange safely.


Currently we are unable to run expeditions, and with the coming of winter weather we do not anticipate any expeditions taking place for the remainder of 2020. Hopefully in the Spring we will have revised guidelines that will allow us to operate safely on expeditions and allow the young people to complete their awards fully.

New Participants (Year 9/10/12 in Sept 2020)

Currently we are not enrolling new students into the DofE as guidelines within school do not make this appropriate. However as soon as it is safe and feasible we will be opening enrolments in the usual way. Students will be updated through form tutors in the first instance.

Further Info

For further info or help on completing awards please contact:

Mr T Laws - t.laws@johnbright.uk Mr N Fleet - n.fleet@johnbright.uk Ms R Bulleyment - r.bulleyment@johnbright.uk

About DofE at Ysgol John Bright

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award has run for over a decade at YJB, and hundreds of students have completed their awards successfully in that time.

There are three levels of programme you can take on while at Ysgol John Bright 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.

Each award is comprised of a number of different sections.

  • Volunteering

  • Physical Activity

  • Skill

  • Expedition

  • Residental (Gold Award Only)

The bulk of extra curricular activity time is given to preparing and training for the Expedition section, the other sections are completed in the students' own time. There is more information and guidance on the award at https://www.dofe.org/what-is-dofe/

DofE Bronze - Open to Students in Year 9

The Bronze Duke of Edinburgh's Award is the first step on the DofE ladder.

Activities for each DofE section take a minimum of one hour a week over a set period of time, so they can be fitted in around academic study, hobbies and social lives. Development and regular progress must be shown and all activities must be completed by the participant’s 25th birthday.

  • Volunteering section: 3 months

  • Physical section: 3 months

  • Skills section: 3 months

  • Expedition section: A practice expedition of 2 days and1 night, and a qualifying expedition of 2 days and 1 night.

  • You also have to do 3 more months in one of the Volunteering, Physical or Skills sections.

DofE Silver - Open to Students in Year 10 (having completed Bronze) and Students in Year 12

The next step is DofE Silver. This is open to students in Year 10 who have completed their Bronze, and to students in Year 12.

  • Volunteering section: 6 months

  • Physical and Skills sections: One section for 6 months and the other section for 3 months

  • Expedition section: A practice expedition of 3 days and 2 nights, and a qualifying expedition of 3 days and 2 nights.

  • If you didn’t do Bronze, you must undertake a further 6 months in either the Volunteering or the longer of the Physical or Skills sections.

DofE Gold - Open to students who have completed their Silver Award - Started following External Examinations in Y11

The culmination of awards is the extremely prestigious Gold Award.

  • Volunteering section: 12 months

  • Physical and Skills sections: One section for 12 months and the other section for 6 months

  • Expedition section: A practice expedition of 4 days and 3 nights, and a qualifying expedition of 4 days and 3 nights.

  • Residential section: Undertake a shared activity in a residential setting away from home for 5 days and 4 nights.