Duke of Edinburgh's Award

We are excited to re-launch the Duke of Edinburgh's Bronze Award scheme to our year 9 students. The award is a real adventure from beginning to end, offering students the chance to discover many new talents or fine tune talents they already possess.

We hope many of our students will consider this opportunity. The Award not only enhances individual confidence and team building skills but is widely recognised by colleges, universities and future employers. It also develops our school LORIC values and skills of: Leadership, Organisation, Resilience, Initiative and Communication.


There will be an application process as there is a limited number of spaces. The application process consists of writing a letter outlining why you wish to do the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze award. You also need to outline what you think you may be doing for the different sections. Here is a link to help you gain some ideas for your letter


If you are allocated a place on the award there will be a registration process where you will be given a username and password. This will allow you to log on and write up what you intend to do for each section.

There is a cost for doing the award, which is £90. This includes your registration fee, insurance, rucksacks, tents trangers, campsite fees and transport costs.

Bronze Aspects

You can do a Bronze Duke of Edinburgh programme once you’re 14 (or nearly 14)

A Bronze D of E programme has 4 sections, Volunteering, Physical, Skills and Expedition. You must do a minimum of three months activity for each of the Volunteering, Physical and Skills sections, and plan, train for and complete a two day (1 night) Expedition.

Additionally, you also have to dedicate an extra three months on one of the Volunteering, Physical or Skills sections. It’s your choice which one and you choose to do for the longest period. This is something you should decide at the beginning of the programme. Knowing how long you’re going to do each section for will help you to choose your activities and set your goals for each section.

It will usually take you at least six months to complete your Bronze programme, which will require commitment and dedication.


The Duke of Edinburgh will be launched as a taster during ‘WOW Week’ in year 8. This will be a mini expedition around the school area, with a rucksack and tent.

The application process will then commence in September of Year 9, closing during the 2nd week in October to allow time for registration to take place.

Before October Half term you will then be registered online and select your activities for your sections (see below). It is at this point you need to select which aspect you are doing for six months.

For seven months we will lead sessions after school teaching you how to map read, use a compass, basic first aid, how to put up a tent, how to use a trangia so you can cook dinner, as well as how to pack your rucksacks for the expedition.

In the following June we will then complete our Practice Expedition -Plan, train for and undertake a 2-day, 1-night expedition. Then in WOW week of Year 9 we will be completing the Expedition that you have planned and trained for.

Bronze (14+ years old)

  • Volunteering (3 or 6 months)
  • Physical (3 or 6 months)
  • Skills (3 or 6 months)
  • Practice Expedition -Plan, train for and undertake a 2-day, 1-night expedition
  • Expedition - Plan and undertake a 2-day, 1-night expedition