Sunday 17th September L5 Bronze Day Walk for Teams 1 – 4 in the Tan Hill area
Sunday 24th September
L5 Bronze Day Walk for Teams 5 – 7 in the Tan Hill area
Sunday 5th November
L6 Gold Micro-Navigation Day in the Tan Hill area
Weekend 24th & 25th February L5 Bronze Practice for Teams 1 - 4 in the local area
Weekend 3rd & 4th March L5 Bronze Practice for Teams 5 – 7
  L6 Silver Direct Entrants in the local area
Wed 21st - Fri 23rd March U5/L6 Silver Walking Practice in the local area
Sun 15th - Wed 18th April L6 Gold (Walking) Practice in the Black Mountains, South Wales
Sun 15th - Tue 17th April L6 Gold Direct Riders' Walking Practice with the Gold walkers, as above   
Weekend 21st & 22nd April L5 Bronze Final Expedition for Teams 4 – 7 on the Marlborough Downs
Weekend 28th & 29th April L5 Bronze Final Expedition for Teams 1 – 3 on the Marlborough Downs
Sat 30th June – Mon 2nd July U5/L6 Silver Final Expedition to the Mendips
Wed 4th – Sun 8th July

L6 Gold (Walking) Final Expedition to the Yorkshire Dales


DATES TO BE ARRANGED Gold Riding Group’s Riding Practice and Final Expedition with FreeRein

It is a requirement of the Award that all participants complete both a Practice and a Final Expedition. It is important that everyone is available for both sets of dates and, for Bronze and Gold, for the Training Day.

Duke of Edinburgh's Award

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award provides voluntary activity programmes for girls aged 14 and above.

There are very strong DofE groups, in which over half the girls in school participate. Nearly every girl does Bronze DofE in the UIV and LV Forms, many continuing to do Silver programmes and, in the Sixth Form, Gold.

Four section programmes are followed at Bronze and Silver, in which participants, guided by staff, select and set objectives in each of the following areas: Volunteering, Physical, Skills and Expedition, with activities chosen to suit their individual interests. At Gold, a Residential is added. Physical and Skills section activities are chosen from those available at school and at home. At all DofE levels, participants devise a wealth of ingenious fundraising activities for the Volunteering section. At Silver and Gold, many also choose to help in a local Primary School, visit the elderly or assist with Riding for the Disabled.

Girls are trained and prepared in school for their Expeditions, developing their organisational, team work and leadership skills and learning to cope with challenge and adversity. Expedition training includes a First Aid Course for all new participants. At Bronze, expeditions last a weekend and run locally; at Gold they last four days in ‘wild country’. Whilst many girls choose to walk, riding with a specialist trekking company is possible for Gold and competent sailors may be able to join an open Gold sailing venture.

DofE participation offers many rewards, among them the friendships made, the memories shared and the reward of achieving a Bronze, Silver or Gold Award.