Duke of Edinburgh's Award


The Duke of Edinburgh's (DofE) Award is a high quality, enjoyable, challenging and rewarding programme of personal development activities for young people aged 14 – 25. It's all about going the extra mile – gaining new skills, pushing yourself physically, helping others and exploring new territories. At the same time, you’ll gather friendships, experiences and memories that will last a lifetime.

John Colet School provides an exciting opportunity for students to take part in the DofE Award programme which will aid character development in an environment of social interaction and teamwork. We currently offer opportunities for students to gain their Bronze, Silver Awards, and Gold Award.

What is the DofE?

  • A life-changing experience
  • A fun time with friends
  • An opportunity to discover new interests and talents
  • A tool to develop essential skills for life and work
  • A recognised mark of achievement; respected by employers

Why should I enrol in DofE at JCS?
Here is what our Bronze Award holders have to say about why you should complete your DofE at John Colet…

“It’s a really good opportunity, which not only teaches you life skills such as confidence, teamwork and communication, but allows you to spend time with your friends and make some amazing memories.”

“DofE has been one of the best and most rewarding experiences of my school life, giving me chances to try new things and make new friends.”

“I loved DofE because it looks good on your CV and it's so much fun and great exercise!”

“DofE has given me the confidence to lead a group successfully and persevere in difficult situations.”

“The whole experience helped me learn new skills and it has meant that I had to communicate with different people. It was an amazing experience.”

Here is what employers have to say about the DofE Programme.

What level of DofE do we offer at JCS?
The DofE operates in three progressive levels

  • Bronze (for those aged 14 and over) we offer this to students in Year 9.
  • Silver (for those aged 15 and over) we offer this to students in Year 10 who have successfully completed the Bronze Award.
  • Gold (for those aged 16 and over) we hope to be able to offer this to students in the future.

JCS DofE Team

We are so pleased to have such an extensive team of staff on hand to help with the delivery of the DofE Award at John Colet School. This allows us to ensure the delivery of a successful programme resulting in high pass rates. The 2018-19 academic year our very first year as a licensed centre and we are extremely proud that 98% of our students successfully completed their Bronze Award, over half of whom chose to progress onto their Silver Award.

DofE Coordinators - Mrs Anns, Mr Naylor and Mr Dawkins
DofE Assistants - Mr Ballantyne,  Miss Palmer
Award Verifier - Miss Parrot

DofE Ambassadors


“I am Niamh and I have completed my Bronze Award and am currently working towards my Silver Award. I think the DofE is an amazing experience to be able to do and I hold some of the best memories while completing it. I really enjoy encouraging students to feel as enthusiastic towards the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme as I do. It's a privilege to help the Scheme at our school expand and grow and to be able to enable more young people to thrive and succeed with their own personal experience with the DofE. We help students in years 9 and 10 by helping them fill out their eDofE sections and answering any questions that they have. The best thing about being an Ambassador is that I can see other students flourish and grow with confidence while having good fun at the same time.”


I am Katie and I have also completed my Bronze Award and am working towards achieving my Silver Award this year. I have thoroughly enjoyed my entire experience and I am so grateful for all the memories I have because of it;.I am passionate about helping others striving to achieve their Award and get as much out of their time as I have. It is a privilege to be an Ambassador and be able to help the DofE Award Scheme at our school gain traction and grow to become better and better. It is a great opportunity to enable other students to succeed and gain valuable personal and practical assets in their own personal DofE experience. We help students complete their Bronze Award and those completing their Silver Award and are always available at school if there are any questions that need answering. We also help students to fill out their eDofE information.”

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