Duke Of Edinburgh Award

Gateacre School is proud to be a Licensed Organisation of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. The DofE scheme is a 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 activities they may otherwise not have attempted. The award is also recognised and valued by employers and higher education institutions for the skills it develops and the hard work required to achieve the award.

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 and decision making



The Award comprises of four elements that have to be completed. Each section should involve a time commitment of no less than one hour per week for the duration. The sections are:

  • Volunteering This section can be met inside or outside school, e.g. helping with a youth club or sports team
  • Physical Any type of physical activity or sport
  • Skill This could be anything from learning to learning to play the piano to gaining a new qualification (some students last year completed a Level 1 Coaching Qualification).
  • Expedition Two expeditions in the summer term: one practice and one qualifying (assessed) expedition. Participants must plan and prepare for a one night, two day expedition. 

More information will be given to students throughout the school year however if you have any questions please contact:


Mr McCallan



Click below for further information on Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.