Duke of Edinburgh

The four sections of the DofE encourage young people to discover for themselves the satisfaction of giving back to society through volunteering; of developing new skills; of taking part in a physical activity, and the pleasure of discovering the countryside, or the sea, by planning and executing a challenging expedition.

 These experiences teach more general lessons and serve as a practical   demonstration of what can be achieved through determination and persistence. In    an age when employment opportunities are scarce, these skills easily translate into

HRH The Duke of Edinburgh

A Duke of Edinburgh programme is a real adventure. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you are from. You just need to be aged between 14 and 24

You can do programmes at three levels:

  • Bronze(Year 9)
  • Silver(Year 10)
  • Gold(Year 11)

Fulwood Academy has run the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme since September 2011. Each year it has grown as more and more as the pupils hear about the experiences they can have.

It is led by hardworking volunteers, these are Mrs Shepherd, Mrs Fairclough and Mr Gorrell

There are four sections that participants need to complete in order to achieve the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award. These are:

  • Volunteering
  • Physical
  • Skill
  • Expedition


The aim of this section is to inspire young people to make a difference within their communities or to an individual’s life and develop compassion by giving service to others.

Categories include

  • Helping people
  • Community action and raising awareness
  • Coaching, teaching and leadership
  • Working with the environment or animals
  • Helping a charity or community organisation


The aim of this section is to inspire young people to achieve greater physical fitness and a healthy lifestyle through participation and improvement in physical activity.

Categories include; 

  • Dance
  • Fitness
  • Extreme sports
  • Martial arts
  • Team sports              
  • Individual sports
  • Water sports
  • Racquet sports


The aim of this section is to inspire young people to develop practical and social skills and personal interests.

Categories include;

  • Creative arts
  • Performance arts
  • Science and technology
  • Care of animals
  • Music
  • Life skills
  • Learning and collecting
  • Media and communication
  • Natural world
  • Games and sports


The aim of this section is to inspire young people to develop initiative and a sense of adventure and discovery, by planning, training for and completing an adventurous journey as part of a team.

At Fulwood we offer walking as the expedition section;

  • We have qualified teachers to train you in school.
  • Thursday Lunch time sessions
  • Essential that you turn up to ALL sessions
  • One day walk, a training weekend and an assessment. 

For further information speak to Mr Whalen (DofE Manager) or visit www.dofe.org.uk