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The Duke of Edinburgh's Award

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The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) is the world’s leading achievement award for young people, recognised by employers and universities alike. It promotes personal development through participation in an enjoyable, challenging and rewarding format. RGS is proud to have successfully delivered the DofE to its pupils for many years. We have held an Independent Operating Authority License from the launch and became a Directly Licensed Centre (DLC) in June 2016.

RGS participants have the opportunity to progress through all levels of the award, learning and developing new skills along the way. Each level of the award has four sections to complete, Volunteering, Skill, Physical and Expedition. There is an additional section for Gold participants to complete, which is a one-week Residential.

Pupils commence their awards as shown below:

Bronze – Year 9 
Silver – Year 10 & 11
Gold – Year 12 & 13

Over the last few years, there has been an increase in participation and completion numbers across all levels. Participants who complete the Gold Award are invited to a certificate presentation at St James’ Palace, London.

Gold Residential Information

For your Residential section you need to undertake a shared activity or specific course with people you don’t know, in a residential setting away from home and in an unfamiliar environment. Evenings are often as much a part of the experience as daytime activities.

This section offers a high degree of flexibility but it must be done with an organised group, registered charity or Approved Activity Provider. You must join it individually and not with an existing group of friends or as part of a school or youth group trip. You will be staying away – anything from an activity centre or camp to a boat or barge – but you cannot stay with friends or relatives.

You must ensure that your chosen activity will count towards your DofE. Check out the information below for guidance. You can choose to attend any residential activity as long as it meets the DofE’s requirements and is approved by your Leader and Licensed Organisation. Before booking, we strongly encourage you email the details of the Residential to so we can confirm that it meets all the requirements. 


Expeditions at all levels are organised by RGS and we work with an Approved Activity Provider (AAP) whose skilled instructors and assessors are fantastic at using their experience to train the students. The Bronze training and qualifying expedition are located in the Chilterns. At Silver, the students undertake their training in the local area again, and then for their qualifying assessment travel to either the Brecon Beacons or Peak District in order to experience an expedition through wild country. Gold participants will have their training in either the Peak District or Brecon Beacons, and their assessment will be conducted in Snowdonia or the Lake District where they are truly challenged.

DofE App 

If you’re a participant undertaking a Duke of Edinburgh's Award, you are able to download the DofE app to start, manage and complete your programme. This is a convenient way to update eDofE as well as upload evidence and Assessors Reports. Available for free from the App Store and Google Play.

How to use the DofE App - YouTube 
DofE App FAQs 

If you would like further information about DofE, please email Mr Clatworthy and Mrs Turney on

Useful Information

Expedition Information