DofE Gold Award

11 Sixth Form students went on their Gold Duke of Edinburgh practice expedition to Coniston Water from 27th June to 1st July.  They received training from mountain leaders on navigation, cooking and safety.  Luckily the heavy rain from the weather forecast didn’t materialise to any great extent! Provided that they apply the advice given during their debrief from the mountain leaders, they should do well in their assessed expedition next week.”

Gold Award Information

  • Once you are 16 you can do your Gold DofE programme.  No activities can be counted for this before your 16th birthday.

  • You’ll spend 12 months on your Volunteering section.  For Physical and Skills you must spend 12 months on one and six months on the other - you decide which way round you do it.
  • Your expedition will be for four days and three nights (plus an acclimatisation day) and should take place in 'wild country'.
  • The big difference at Gold is you'll also do a Residential section - staying away from home for five days and four nights doing a shared activity with people you don't know.  It's great fun and a real chance to do something different!
  • If you’ve jumped straight into your Gold DofE programme you’ll need to do a further six months either volunteering or whichever one of your physical or skills activities you spent the most time on.
  • For Gold, you'll need to do your programme for at least 12 months if you've achieved your Silver Award, or 18 months if you've started at Gold level without doing your Silver - even if you've done Bronze.

If you would like more information regarding the DofE Gold Award at Warlingham please contact Mr Jennings, email:

For information regarding the Bronze and Silver Awards, please visit the DofE section.

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