The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is the world’s leading achievement award for young people. We provide a balanced programme of activities that develops the whole person – mind, body and soul – in an environment of social interaction and team working. Young people progress through three levels of DofE programmes to achieve a Bronze, Silver or Gold Award.
Bedford Modern School is a Directly Licenced Centre. This means that the DofE have provided the school with a licence to deliver the DofE on its own premises. The licenced is reviewed every couple of years and shows that Bedford Modern School meets the specific standards of safety, child protection and training.
Taking part builds confidence and develops self-esteem. It requires persistence, commitment and has a lasting impact on the attitudes and outlook of all young people who do their DofE.
Participants need to be aged between 14 and 24. DofE is offered to all students in Year 9 and above.
Current Registration Fees Per Participant
• Volunteering: undertake service to individuals or the community. This develops compassion, commitment and the confidence to make a difference.
• Physical: improve in an area of sport, dance or fitness activities. This develops fitness, enjoyment and, depending on the activity, teamwork.
• Skills: develop practical and social skills and personal interests. This helps young people to realise their unique potential and gain greater self-esteem.
• Expedition: plan, train for, and complete an adventurous journey in the UK or abroad. This develops teamwork and leadership, and challenges young people to push themselves beyond their expectations. You could do it by bike, horse, kayak, sailing, and it doesn’t have to be in this country. Please visit the AAP’s (approved activity providers) who organise such trips.
Bedford Modern School currently run walking expeditions in the following areas:
Bronze – Bedfordshire and surrounding counties
Silver – Peak District
Gold – Yorkshire
We use an AAP (Approved Activity Provider) to deliver the Expedition Section to students taking part at Bronze level. This is currently Chase Training Solutions and Canoetrail. The Silver and Gold Level are run by the Award Level Leader and staff volunteers who are trained by the DofE as part of their modular training framework.
• Residential (Gold level only): stay and work away from home doing a shared activity. Again this challenges young people, who must work with strangers to achieve a positive goal.