Duke of Edinburgh

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award provides an enjoyable, challenging and worthwhile programme of personal development for those in the Fourth Form (Year 10) who take on the Bronze Award as one of their Service Afternoon options.

The Silver and Gold awards are undertaken by the Fifth and Lower Sixth Forms respectively (Years 11 and 12). 

"You learn so much more about yourself and other people when you're put in a difficult mental and physical position."

Richard Fourie Sixth Form Student

At Reed’s we offer three levels of programme 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. The programme is delivered by several staff who are qualified LEL or expedition leaders. Reed’s is now a Direct Licensed Centre – this means that we now manage our own expeditions, pupil’s activities and award ceremonies.  

There are various sections and pupils must complete a certain number of hours in each section in order to gain their award. The hours depend on which level of award is being worked towards.

  Bronze (14+) Silver (15+) Gold (16+)

Two sections for 3 months,
the other for 6 months

6 months 12 months
Physical One section for 6 months,
the other for 3 months
One section for 12 months,
the other for 6 months
Expedition 2 days, 1 night 3 days, 2 nights 4 days, 3 nights
Residential           n/a          n/a 5 days, 4 nights


Approximately 150 pupils at Reed's participate in the scheme via 'eDofE'. This is an interactive online system that helps pupils manage their DofE programme and assists their Leaders to monitor their progress. Pupils get a Welcome Pack, which contains a 'Keeping Track' booklet and information for each of their assessors. Pupils have until the age of 25 to complete any section – many complete their Gold Award whilst at university.

"The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award has helped countless young people on their sometimes difficult path to adulthood."

HRH The Duke of Edinburgh KG KT

Visit the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Website for Further Information

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