Cheney School

Cheney School

Duke of Edinburgh Awards

bronze award

The Bronze Duke of Edinburgh (DOE) Award is available to Year 9 and 10 students.

There are four sections to the Award:

  • Volunteering: students undertake volunteer work in their own time

  • Physical: students complete this through extracurricular sport in school or outside of school

  • Skills: students choose a hobby or activity for example playing a musical instrument

  • Expeditions:  There is a practice expedition where students are closely monitored by staff and leaders which prepares them to the qualifying expedition at the end of the course. In previous years these have taken place in Youlbury and the Cotswolds. During the expedition, the students spend two days walking and one night camping.   This tests the skills they have learnt to date, including navigation, cooking and camp-craft. 

All the equipment for the expedition is provided by the school; a rental fee will be charged for each item needed.

Silver award

Once students have passed the Bronze Award, they progress to the Silver Award.  This is completed as an extra-curricular activity and follows the same format as the Bronze Award: physical and practical skills, volunteering and a longer expedition.

Gold award

The Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award is part of the School’s Sixth Form Extended Curriculum. Students are required to complete the same sections as Bronze and Silver for a longer period of between 12 and 18 months depending on whether students are direct entrants to the Gold Award. They are also required to undertake two 4 day expeditions and a residential where they stay away from home for 5 days and 4 nights and volunteer time to a charity or to outdoor education companies. The skills students build and develop on the Award are invaluable when applying for University places.   As a school we are committed to creating well rounded young people that will leave school with skills for life.

If you have any questions regarding the award please email us