Duke of Edinburgh

If you are interested in finding our more about the Duke of Edinburgh Programmes that we run in school then either contact Ms Lucas on slucas@rbhs.co.uk or click on the link below to go to the Duke of Edinburgh website:

What is the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award?

It is:
• Non-competitive
• Achievable by all
• Voluntary
• Focused on your personal development
• Personalised
• Balanced – challenges four areas
• Progressive – Bronze, Silver and Gold
• Achievement focused
• Demands commitment
• Enjoyable

By engaging in the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award you will open up your world to new interests; talents; friends and fun, whilst gaining the confidence to believe anything is possible.

There are three levels of programme you can do 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. Here at Rivington and Blackrod High School we are able to offer the opportunity to complete the Bronze Award. This involves engaging in activities in four separate areas which are detailed below:


Volunteering is all about making a difference to other people’s lives. Perhaps you are interested in animals or conservation? Or you might like to work with older people or raise money for a cause that means a lot to you? From teaching children cyber safety to starting a local recycling campaign, the volunteering section of your DofE enables you to give your time to help others and change things for the better.


The Physical section is a chance for you to focus on your health and fitness and have fun along the way.  As long as you pick something that requires a sustained level of energy and physical activity, the possibilities are endless. Improve your football, rock climbing or dance skills or try a completely new sport or activity. Join a team or do it on your own. You don’t have to be super fit or world class – with the DofE, it’s about setting your own challenges, giving 100% and being the very best you can be.


The Skills section is about discovering what you are really good at. Maybe you want to get better at something you already do, like playing a musical instrument, or learn something for the very first time, like how to design a website?

By developing practical and social skills and nurturing your personal interests and talents, you’ll boost your self-esteem and your CV.


The expedition section is all about getting in touch with the great outdoors. You will receive full training to enable you to plan and complete an overnight expedition in the beautiful White Peak District. Along the way you and your team will map read through countryside which is completely new to you, carrying your food, clothes and shelter. The experience will truly stretch your horizons, improving your communication and leadership skills and building new and lasting friendships.

Why do the DofE?

The DofE gives you the chance to do something completely new and improve on things you’re already doing. It takes you out of your comfort zone and into a place where you’ll push yourself and have amazing new experiences. You’ll build confidence, resilience, skills and friendship groups. And you’ll have a brilliant time doing it.

Looking forward, the DofE can help you to carve out a better future. Colleges, universities and employers regard a DofE Award highly so it will help to open the right doors for you. If you’re keen to get off the sofa and put 100% into something that could change your life, the DofE is for you.   

Visit: www.dofe.org to find out so much more.