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The Duke of Edinburgh's Awards - Bronze, Silver and Gold

The DofE Awards at Furze Platt provide a balanced programme of activities that develop the whole person in an environment of social interaction and team working.

We offer the Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards, full details of each one can be found in the packs attached at the bottom of this page.  To book a place on any of our Awards, please click here. You will also need to fill in the Medical Form for the relevant Award, which can be found at the bottom of this page.

Please click here for some ideas to help you complete each section. We offer an extensive range of extra-curricular activities at Furze Platt Senior School which can help you to complete each section, here is the link to our list of clubs.  Activities you do outside of school could also count towards the award. Choose activities that motivate you and go on your own personal journey.  We expect all participants to abide by the DofE 20 Conditions during every part of their Award.

Bronze DofE Award

Timescale

The Physical, Skills and Volunteering sections must be undertaken once a week, with two of these sections to be completed over three months, and one over six months. Although students will be assisted in selecting appropriate activities and monitored throughout the delivery of the Award, completion of these sections will primarily be the responsibility of the students taking part. A suggested activities sheet is attached.

Commitment & Cost

Although students will have regular meetings with our DofE Manager Miss Carty to receive support, we would like to remind you that, as this is an extra-curricular activity, we expect students, as well as parents / carers, to ensure that the different sections are completed and they are done so on time.

Please ensure that your child is committed to completing all four parts of the Award, with a view to completing by May half term 2019.

The deadline dates to complete the sections are:

  • 3 month section - Friday 7th December 2018
  • 6 month section - Friday 29th March 2019

The cost of registering for the Award and for undertaking the Expedition is £200*. Tents and cooking equipment are provided.  *Please note once your child has been accepted, any monies paid are non-refundable.

 

Silver DofE Award

Timescale

The Physical, Skills and Volunteering sections must be undertaken once a week, with two of these sections to be completed over 6 months, and one over 3 months.

If your child did not complete their Bronze Award, they are required to do an extra 6 months either volunteering, or whichever of the Physical or Skills section they did for 6 months. To summarise, if they have not done Bronze, they will do one section for 12 months, another for 6 months and the remaining one for 3 months.

Commitment & Cost

Although students will have regular meetings with our DofE Manager Miss Carty to receive support, we would like to remind you that, as this is an extra-curricular activity, we expect students, as well as parents / carers, to ensure that the different sections are completed and they are done so on time.

Please ensure that your child is committed to completing all four parts of the Award, with a view to completing by May half term 2019 if your child has completed Bronze, and September 2019 if they are a direct entrant.

The deadline dates to complete the sections are:

  • 3 month section - Friday 7th December 2018
  • 6 month section - Friday 29th March 2019
  • 12 month section - September 2019 (Direct entrants)

The cost of registering for the Award and for undertaking the Expedition is £300*. Tents and cooking equipment are provided. *Please note once your child has been accepted, any monies paid are non-refundable.

 

Gold DofE Award

Timescales

The sections must be undertaken once a week. They must spend 12 months on the Volunteering section. For the Physical and Skills section, they must spend 12 months on one and 6 months on the other. If your child did not do their Silver Award, they are required to do a further 6 months on either of the activities they did for 12 months.

To summarise, if they have not done Silver, they will do one section for 18 months, another for 12 months and the remaining one for 6 months.

Commitment & Cost

Although students will have regular meetings with our DofE Manager Miss Carty to receive support, we would like to remind you that, as this is an extra-curricular activity, we expect students, as well as parents / carers, to ensure that the different sections are completed and they are done so on time.

Please ensure that your child is committed to completing all five parts of the Award, with a view to completing by September 2019 if your child has completed Silver, and March 2020 if they are a direct entrant.

The deadline dates to complete the sections are:

  • 6- month section- Friday 29th March 2019
  • 12- month section- September 2019
  • 18 month section- March 2020 (Direct entrants)

The cost of registering for the Award and for undertaking the Expedition is £450*. Tents and cooking equipment are provided. *Please note once your child has been accepted, any monies paid are non-refundable.

Further information

You can find useful information on the DofE website.

You can also contact Furze Platt’s DofE Manager, Miss Carty at dofe@furzeplatt.net

In conjunction with BXM: https://www.bxmexpeditions.co.uk/

 

Links to funding opportunities

Financial assistance is available. Please indicate on the application form, however we encourage participants to apply to the foundations below.

https://www.smrfmaidenhead.org.uk

http://www.cookham.com/cookhamnow/clubssocieties/welfaretrust/welfaretrust.htm

http://www.linkfoundation.co.uk

Promotional videos

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCabpshfMtc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kfAS2rLdJKg

 

Bronze Expedition - A Poem by S Doyle, Year 10

'Day One

As I walk on this journey with my four friends

We make mistakes and come across dead ends

But we learn to motivate and support each other until we finish the first leg

We see bluebells and forget me nots and buttercups on end

 

We walk with passion and strive with grace

Just to get through the first day

Our last leg of the day, we walk a long way

Just to get to the height of the hill and admire the environment

As we slap the bugs in our way

 

We walked out of the camp site and down the admiring road

Thinking about what I think I should do with my life

And the people I’m working with, I’m getting to know

 

Day Two

As I walk on this journey with my four friends

I think about my life and appreciate the views around us

 

I’m happy I succeeded and I’m proud of my work

Especially all of my friends

They did their best and are more confident in themselves

That’s all I could wish for them

 

I’m hoping to do Silver and I’m excited for the journey ahead

I have more aims and goals to do well and finish

And I wish all my friends the best'