Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

Introduction

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is a popular co-curricular activity at OLA, with most pupils in Year 9 taking up the challenge at the Bronze level. About half of these continue with the Silver Award during Years 10 and 11. Students in the Sixth Form progress onto the Gold Award.


Requirements

To achieve the Award at each level, participants have to show commitment and improvement in an activity in each of the sections:

Volunteering
Physical
Skill

Some activities are completed through other clubs within school, and others outside of school.

Participants also have to complete the expedition section, which is generally organised by OLA staff, locally in the Chilterns and on the Ridgeway at the Bronze level, and further afield in the Black Mountains and Exmoor for the Silver Award, with Gold participants being encouraged to be more independent and complete their expeditions with other groups outside of school.


The Award

A Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is an achievement to be proud of. It is highly regarded as a sign of a person’s self-motivation, determination and commitment outside of the normal school curriculum.

Many students say that their DofE experience was the highlight of their time at school. It is hard work but very rewarding and much fun!


Duke of Edinburgh’s Award News
Article by Mrs Knight 23rd April 2021

It was sad to hear of the passing of the Duke of Edinburgh recently, but he leaves a great legacy in his Award, which has received much publicity in the last few weeks. There are a number of students in the Lower Sixth who have completed their Silver Award, so it seemed appropriate to present those Awards to them in their assembly today. Congratulations to James, Emily, Holly, Lucy, Will, Dominic, Eme, Isobel, Ollie and Leo. They all completed their expedition on Exmoor whilst in Year 11 and have followed a variety of activities for their other sections including:

  • Volunteering: working with the environment, helping charities, helping people, coaching and leadership.
  • Physical: team sports, water sports, fitness, racquet sports, dance.
  • Skills: creative arts, life skills, learning and collecting, media and communication, music.

Some of these students have already progressed onto the Gold level of the Award. Although the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award has been flexible during the pandemic, it has not been possible to complete the expedition section with other year groups, but we hope to be able to do some expedition training with the Year 10 pupils this term, as well as starting the Year 9s on their DofE journey.