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St Damian’s offer pupils in Year 9 the opportunity to work towards the Bronze Award.

The DofE scheme is a voluntary, non-competitive programme of practical, cultural and adventurous activities, designed to support the personal and social development of young people. It offers an individual challenge and encourages young people to undertake exciting, constructive, challenging and enjoyable things in their free time. The award is widely recognised by employers and educationalists. Some of the benefits to young people include developing or discovering:

  • A sense of achievement

  • News skills and interests

  • Self-confidence and self-reliance

  • Leadership skills and abilities

  • Exciting opportunities

  • Experience of team work

  • Decision making


This award is an excellent addition to your CV and is highly respected by employers, as it shows that you are able to work hard to reach your goals.  You need to be 100% committed and have a high level of work ethic.  The award is voluntary, which means you will NOT have your teachers standing over you demanding you meet deadlines.  It does mean that you are responsible for reaching and achieving your goals independently to reach your targets.  You will need to choose activities for the following four section:

  1. Skill – 3 months developing existing talents or trying something new.

  2. Volunteering – 3 months helping someone, your community or the environment.

  3. Physical – 3 months becoming fitter through sport, dance or fitness activities.

  4. Expedition – planning, training for and completing an adventurous journey for 2 days, 1 night expedition [one practice and one assessed]

*all participants must then undertake a further 3 months in one of the sections skill, volunteering or physical sections.

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  • You can do a Bronze DofE programme once you’re 14 (or nearly 14, which sometimes happens when you and your friends decide to start your adventure together.  However, your Leader must get permission from their Licensed Organisation first – see p27 of The Handbook for DofE Leaders.)

  • A Bronze DofE programme has 4 sections, Volunteering, Physical, Skills and Expedition.  You must do a minimum of 3 months activity for each of the Volunteering, Physical and Skills sections, and plan, train for and do a 2 day (1 night) Expedition.

  • You also have to spend an extra three months on one of the Volunteering, Physical or Skills sections.  It’s your choice which one and, though you can change your mind later, you should decide which section you want to do for longer at the beginning.  Knowing how long you’re going to do it for will help you to choose your activity and set your goals for each section.

  • It will usually take you at least 6 months to complete your Bronze programme.

You can find out more on the DofE website here.