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The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award at Frome College

Co-ordinator – Sue Bailey (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)


The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) is offered at Bronze, Silver and Gold levels and is open to all students who want to take part. The award aims to encourage young people between the ages of 13 (start of Year 9) and their 25th birthday, to take up new interests and learn new skills. Participants work on programmes of voluntary work, physical and non-physical skills and participate in an expedition, involving camping and walking. For more information about the Award, follow this link: www.dofe.org

At Frome College the programme is offered at the following times:
Year 9 – Bronze level – introduced early in year in assemblies. The bronze level should be completed by October in Year 10.
Year 10 – Silver level – mostly people continuing from bronze DofE.
Year 10 students who missed the bronze level can also start DofE at silver level in Year 10
Year 11 – The Silver level should be finished early in Year 11. Students can choose to register for the Gold Award when they are 16 years old – expeditions will be offered in Year 12.
Year 12 – Gold level – students wishing to do the Gold level need to be ready to start at the beginning of Year 12. Students wishing to do the Gold level who missed out on the Bronze and Silver levels can do so, but will need to do extra training to catch up.
Year 13 – Students should aim to complete Gold level.
Costs vary from year to year. Bronze and Silver levels cost about £100 in total. Gold costs depend on the type of expeditions chosen and where we go. Normally the cost of the two required expeditions is about £60-100 each. Students also need to do a residential at Gold level which can be free to expensive depending on what is chosen.
However, cost need not be a barrier. Bursaries are available for students who would be eligible for free school meals. Please contact Steve Marsh if you would like to apply for help. There is also a link to a Somerset Bursary Form below.

General Admin
DofE Expedition Kit List
Medical Form 2021-22

Letter re Year 9 outdoor experience camp

Bronze Award
Letter re Year 10 Bronze DofE training, practice and qualifying

Please see more DofE documents below.

Schools Health and Resilience Education Prince's Teaching Institute Mark for English We are a Somerset Inclusive Dyslexia Friendly School Geographical Association Secondary Geography Quality Mark

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