The Ridgeway School & Sixth Form College Parents & Students

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award


The Ridgeway School & Sixth Form College fully embraces the Duke of Edinburgh award and has a vibrant cohort of students completing all levels of the award.

The Duke of Edinburgh Award comprises three stages — Bronze, Silver, and Gold — and involves participating in activities such as skills, physical activities, volunteering, and an expedition. Completion of the Award will help give you the skills, confidence, and a view on life that everyone is looking for, from employers to colleges and universities.

The Award recognises commitment, endeavour, and a capacity for teamwork, whether that be in newly discovered activities ahead or things you already do. In completing the award, you’ll make a difference to other people’s lives and your community, be fitter and healthier, make new friends, and have memories to last a lifetime.

Currently, we take expeditions for Bronze to Cranham in the Cotswolds, Silver to Exmoor National Park in Somerset, and Gold to be assessed on the Brecon Beacons in Wales.

Please see the Useful Document section below for our Silver DofE programme for 2019-20. This is a great opportunity for students should they wish to continue their DofE journey. Please take note of the following pieces of information:

  • If students have started the Bronze DofE programme, we require them to have completed their Bronze award before starting on the Silver Programme.
  • The dates for the practice and assessment expedition are non-negotiable, so please check carefully!
  • Students can still participate in the Gold programme as direct entrants in Year 12 if they are unable to participate in the Silver programme.
  • If students wish to participate, please can forms be returned to Mr L Gregory asap.

We strongly encourage students to get involved and take up this challenge.

For further information, please contact

Bronze DofE (Year 9): Peter Kench Bronze /DofE Coordinator KenchP@ridgewayschool.com

Silver & Gold DofE (Year 10-11 & Year 12): Liam Gregory /Silver & Gold DofE Coordinator GregoryL@ridgewayschool.com

DofE Manager: Petra Houston HoustonP@ridgewayschool.com

Key Dates

Bronze (Year 9):

  • 17/10/19 3:30-5:00pm (DofE sign up session)
  • 29/02/20 - 01/03/20 (training)
  • 13/03/20 - 14/03/20 (practice expedition)
  • w/c 16/03/20 - (route planning after school)
  • 27/03/20 - 28/03/20 (assessment expedition)

Silver (Y10 & Y11)

  • 22/10/19 - 24/10/19 practice expedition
  • 20/06/20 - 22/06/20 assessment expedition

Gold (Y12)

  • 14/04/20 - 17/04/20 practice expedition
  • 18/07/20 - 22/07/20 assessment expedition

Useful Information & Documents

Bronze (Year 9) Start Letter 2020 Download
Bronze Section Ideas & Personal Statement return by 7th Oct 2019 Download
Bronze D of E Enrolment Form 2019-20 Download
Bronze Kit List Download
Silver Start Letter 2020 Download
Silver D of E Enrolment Form 2019-20 Download

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