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Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

We strongly believe in inspiring our pupils to become independent, confident and resourceful young adults, eager to take on a challenge, able to accept and manage risk and be aware of their own strengths and weaknesses. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme helps us to do just that.

The DofE is many things to many people and has supported generations of young adults to successfully navigate adult life. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme was initiated at the Academy in the 1960s and boasts one of the largest and most successful school schemes in the UK.

Any pupil can do their DofE – regardless of ability, gender or background. Achieving an Award isn’t a competition or about being first. It’s all about setting personal challenges and pushing personal boundaries. Through our DofE programme our pupils have fun, make friends, improve their self-esteem and build their confidence. They gain essential skills and attributes for work and life such as resilience, problem-solving, team-working, communication and drive, enhancing their CVs, university applications and future employment opportunities.

Duke of Edinburgh Key Dates for 2022/2023

L6 Expedition Training (Mournes)

Sat 10th - Sun 11th Sept

L6 Bronze Qualifying / Silver Practice (Mournes)

Fri 23rd to Sun 25th Sept

L6 Silver Qualifying (Mournes)

Thur 6th - Sun 9th Oct

Form 3 Bronze Expedition Training (Mournes) - boys

Sat 11th - Sun 12th Mar

Form 3 Bronze Expedition Training (Mournes) - girls

Sat 18th - Sun 19th Mar

Form 3 Bronze Qualifying (Mournes) - boys

Sat 1st - Sun 2nd Apr

Form 3 Bronze Qualifying (Mournes) - girls

Sat 15th - Sun 16th Apr

Form 4 Silver Expedition Training (Mournes) - boys

Sat 22nd - Sun 23rd Apr

Form 4 Silver Expedition Training (Mournes) - girls

Sat 29th - Sun 30th Apr

Form 4 Silver Practice (Mournes) - boys

Fri 5th - Sun 7th May

Form 4 Silver Practice (Mournes) - girls

Fri 12th - Sun 14th May

Form 4 Silver Qualifying (Mournes) - boys

Thurs 8th - Sun 11th Jun

Form 4 Silver Qualifying (Mournes) - girls

Thurs 15th - Sun 18th Jun

L6 Gold Practice (Mournes)

Fri 23rd - Sun 25th Jun

L6 Gold Qualifying (Mournes/Scotland) - TBC

Wed 12th - Sun 16th/Tues 18th July

For further information, please contact Shelly Wilson on

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Adam Jackson on a Gold Practice Expedition above Silent Valley Reservoir April 2008

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