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Duke of Edinburgh Awards -Online Information Evening Wednesday 30 November 6pm. 

Here are the joining details for the virtual parents information meeting, for parents and guardians of all students who have signed up and paid the deposit for DofE Bronze or Silver.

Please join the meeting to find out more details about how DofE is run and what you and your child can expect to put in and get out of it.

Our staff member responsible for coordinating, assisting and verifying the Duke of Edinburgh's Awards is Mr Scatchard(History).

At Cheney, we are committed to ensuring students from all backgrounds have access to the award scheme despite the difficult circumstances of recent months.

We can confirm the following dates in 2022-2023 for this year's Awards.

  • Bronze Assembly (Year 9 students)19 October 2022
  • Silver Assembly (Year 10 students) 17 November 2022
  • Virtual Parents Information Evening 30 November 2022  (details above)
  • Bronze and Silver Training Day 11 March 2023
  • Bronze practice: 29-30 April 2023
  • Bronze assessed: 06-07 May 2023
  • Silver practice: 27-29 May 2023
  • Silver assessed: 14-16 July 2023

The fine details of the expedition phase are provisional in accordance with government guidance.

For enquiries, please email sscatchard@cheneyschool.org

The Duke of Edinburgh's Awards - Bronze, Silver and Gold

The DofE at Cheney School provides an exciting opportunity to take part in a programme of activities that will develop the student as a whole in social interaction and team work.

Students have the opportunity to gain all their awards - see below to read more about each award.

To Enrol

Students need to join the Google Classroom for the relevant award in order for the payment option to be set up on ParentPay. Applicants need to fill out the application and medical forms, along with their non-refundable deposit to be enrolled onto the programme.

Bronze Award: The applications for the Bronze Award have now closed. All students shou

Silver Award: The Google Classroom has opened for Silver award and all student must sign up by Friday 25th. After this date, you will be sent the full application form and registration details. This will need to be completed by mid-December.

Please click here for some ideas to help you complete each section. We offer an extensive range of extra-curricular activities at Cheney School which can help you to fulfil each section. Activities you do outside of school could also count towards the different sections. Choose activities that motivate you and go on your own personal journey.  We expect all participants to abide by the DofE 20 Conditions during their expedition section.

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Bronze

Timescale

The Physical, Skills and Volunteering sections must be undertaken once a week, with two of these sections to be completed over three months, and one over six months. Although students will be assisted in selecting appropriate activities and monitored throughout the delivery of the Award, completion of these sections will primarily be the responsibility of the students taking part. A suggested activities sheet is attached.

Commitment & Cost

Although students will have regular meetings with our DofE Manager to receive support, we would like to remind you that, as this is an extra-curricular activity, we expect students, as well as parents / carers, to ensure that the different sections are completed and they are done so on time.

The cost of registering for Bronze is approximately £235 for 2022-2023. Tents and stoves are provided.  *Please note once your child has been accepted, any monies paid are non-refundable.

Financial support (50% cost of the award) is available if your child receives FSM or is PP.

Expedition & Training Dates
  • Bronze Training Day: 11 March 2023
  • Bronze practice: 29-30 April 2023
  • Bronze assessed: 06-07 May 2023
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Silver

Timescale

The Physical, Skills and Volunteering sections must be undertaken once a week, with two of these sections to be completed over 6 months, and one over 3 months.

If your child did not complete their Bronze Award, they are required to do an extra 6 months either volunteering, or whichever of the Physical or Skills section they did for 6 months. To summarise, if they have not done Bronze, they will do one section for 12 months, another for 6 months and the remaining one for 3 months.

Commitment & Cost

Although students will have regular meetings with our DofE Manager  to receive support, we would like to remind you that, as this is an extra-curricular activity, we expect students, as well as parents / carers, to ensure that the different sections are completed and they are done so on time.

The cost of registering for Silver is approximately £275 for 2022-2023. Tents and stoves are provided.  *Please note once your child has been accepted, any monies paid are non-refundable.

Financial support (50% cost of the award) is available if your child receives FSM or is PP.

Expeditions & Training Dates
  • Silver practice: 27-29 May 2023
  • Silver assessed: 14-16 July 2023
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Gold

Timescales

The sections must be undertaken once a week. They must spend 12 months on the Volunteering section. For the Physical and Skills section, they must spend 12 months on one and 6 months on the other. If your child did not do their Silver Award, they are required to do a further 6 months on either of the activities they did for 12 months.

Commitment & Cost

Although students will have regular meetings with our DofE Manager  to receive support, we would like to remind you that, as this is an extra-curricular activity, we expect students, as well as parents / carers, to ensure that the different sections are completed and they are done so on time.

The cost of registering for the Award and for undertaking the Expedition is £493* Tents and stoves are provided. *Please note once your child has been accepted, any monies paid are non-refundable.  

Deadlines for staged payments: TBC
Expedition & Training Dates: TBC
Our Young Leaders (Ambassadors)

Students are encouraged to approach (young leaders names here) who have undertaken many expeditions themselves and are currently working towards their Silver/Gold Awards.

Further information

You can find useful information on the DofE website or on the edofe website.
You can also contact Cheney’s DofE Manager, at dofe@cheney.oxon.sch.uk

In conjunction with BXM: https://www.bxmexpeditions.co.uk/

Please click here for a kit list from BXM Expeditions and here for some further advice on what to take (clothing, kit and food) from RBWM

We would recommend precautionary measures against possible insect bites / Lyme disease such as DEET use, wearing full leg covers, clothing tucked into socks, tents zipped up.  For more information, please look online.

Links to funding opportunities

If you need financial assistance we encourage students to talk to year teams about what the school can do to help