The DofE is all about going the extra mile – gaining new skills, pushing oneself physically, helping others and exploring new territories. At the same time, girls will gather friendships, experiences and memories that will last a lifetime.
Girls from 14 years old upwards can choose the activities that motivate them most and go on their own personal journey. We know that a DofE Award helps them stand out from the crowd when they apply for college, university or jobs.Adventurous, caring, sporty, creative…however a girl might describe herself, the DofE Award can be the right choice for her.
How it works
The Award has three levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold.
- Has four sections – service, skills, physical recreation and expeditions
- Is open to young people aged at least 14
- Requires a minimum commitment of six months
- Has the same sections as Bronze
- Is open to young people aged at least 15
- Requires a minimum 12-month commitment
- Has the same sections as Bronze and Silver, plus a residential project
- Is open to young people aged at least 16
- Requires a minimum 12-month commitment (18 months for pupils entering straight into Gold)
Receiving the Gold Award, at St James' Palace in London or Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh, gives a sense of shared accomplishment with other young people from other schools and walks of life.
St Margaret's Duke of Edinburgh dates 2016 - 2017:
Friday 12th August - Monday 15th August: Gold Qualifying Expedition
Saturday 27th August - Monday 20th August: Silver Practice Expedition
Friday 23rd September - Sunday 25th September: Silver Qualifying Expedition
Buckingham Palace visit
Our head, Miss Tomlinson and DofE coordinator Mrs Hendry, visited Buckingham Palace to receive a plaque which marks 60 years of the Duke of Edinburgh Award. They joined former pupil, Rachael Middleton, who was presented with her Gold Award and many other schools for a celebration of what is a wonderful opportunity for thousands of young people.