The Duke of Edinburgh Award is available to every pupil and is purely voluntary.
At Bronze and Silver levels, participants must successfully achieve goals in four areas; community service, skill development, physical recreation, and expedition.
At Gold level, there is an additional requirement to participate in an independently-organised week-long residential activity.
Emphasis is placed on personal target setting, self-reliance and an individual programme of activities.
An introduction is given to all pupils in the Shell (Year 10), but pupils who start at the College in the Sixth Form receive a personal briefing if desired.
The Bronze Award could be completed by the end of the Shell (using CCF time) but at Silver and Gold levels the Award involves holiday participation for the expedition training and assessment – there is a nominal charge for these.
Find out more about the DofE at Bradfield in our co-curricular handbook: