DofE Bronze

DofE Bronze Launch - September 2023

DofE Bronze - School of Outdoors

DofE Bronze

Niamh, one of the JCS DofE Ambassadors, produced a slideshow of the Bronze Award expedition in 2019. 

At what age can I complete my Bronze Award?
At JCS the Bronze Award is offered to students in Year 9 and it is currently taken up by approximately 50% of the year group. The award is launched in the autumn term with an assembly to the whole of Year 9 and an evening for parents. We encourage students to start their activities as soon as they have enrolled onto the Award so that it provides them with enough time to complete  by the end of the academic year.

How many sections are in the Bronze Award?
The DofE Bronze Award consists of 4 sections; Physical, Skill, Volunteering and Expedition, with students taking responsibility for identifying opportunities to complete these. The DofE staff team will support participants by highlighting opportunities in the local area and within school.

Students will choose how to structure their Award. One of the Physical, Skill and Volunteering sections must last for six months and the other two for three months each. Students who in the past have successfully completed the Award made pre-existing enrichment activities fit the structure. The Physical, Skills and Volunteering sections must be undertaken for one hour per week minimum.

Although students will have regular meetings with the DofE Coordinator, Miss Tallyn, and the DofE Leaders 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 all sections are completed on time.

Who delivers the expeditions and where do they take place?

The expedition section is delivered by the school DofE team and our approved activity provider, The School of Outdoors, which provides the training, support and supervision to enable participants to safely undertake the expeditions. Our training day usually takes place in March with the practice and qualifying expeditions following in late May and June each year.

Training day: 1 day at John Colet School
Practice expedition: 1 day and 1 night 
Qualifying expedition: 2 days and 1 night 

DofE Video Clips

Are you ready for your Bronze Award?
What Activities could I do for my Bronze Award?
What will my son or daughter get out of their Bronze DofE?


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