Discovering new horizons. DofE Awards

The Duke of Edinburgh’s (DofE) Award Scheme is not just a programme, it is an opportunity for students to challenge themselves, build teamwork and leadership skills and, most importantly, have a lot of fun. With three progressive award levels – Bronze, Silver and Gold – the scheme offers students an array of opportunities. We are therefore delighted that so many of our students are embracing the world’s premier youth achievement award, pushing their personal boundaries, acquiring new skills and gaining an additional benefit to enhance their university applications through personal statements.

Bronze DofE Award

Open to Bridgewater students in Years 9 and 10, the Bronze Award Scheme comprises four sections:

  1. Skills
  2. Volunteering
  3. Physical
  4. Expedition

Each young person’s DofE programme is a personalised journey. They have the freedom to choose activities for each of the first three sections and the Bridgewater team is there to provide guidance and support.

The following students have achieved their Bronze DofE Awards for 2022-23:

  • Moni Abioye
  • Bailey Castillo
  • Oliver Lythgoe
  • Dean Rabbani
  • Daniel Stout
  • Evie Williams
  • Dalia Yousif

Silver DofE Award

For those who have achieved their Bronze Award, the Silver DofE Award takes the adventure to the next level. Requiring a longer commitment period for the Physical, Skills and Voluntary sections, participants undertake both a practice and qualifying expedition, exploring wild country within the UK. Just as with the Bronze Award, the Silver scheme allows participants to either continue established activities or explore entirely new ones.

Our Silver Award 2022-24 cohort embarked on their practice cycling expedition in June 2023. They roamed through Dalbeattie and Mabie Forest in Dumfriesshire, braving rugged mountain biking trails, practising navigation, bike maintenance and the physical skills needed for their qualifying expedition during the 2024 Easter Holidays.

Pupils' experiences are enriched by an extensive range of visits and extra-curricular activities.

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