Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

We have a fantastic team of staff who deliver the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Programme at Charleston Academy. They have their own DofE Blog HERE.


Mr Shaun Foster, Principal Teacher of Biology

Mr Scott Nairn, Music Department

Miss Sali Massey, Geography Department

Mr Jonathan Richards, Technical Department

Mrs Lyndsey Gray, Support for Learning Department



The DofE (Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme) is a world recognised award which involves young people getting involved in a wide variety of activities under 4 section headings including volunteering, physical, skills and expedition.

A DofE programme is a real adventure from beginning to end. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you’re from. You just need to be aged between 14 and 24 and realise there’s more to life than sitting on a sofa watching life pass you by.


It is possible to complete programmes at three levels Bronze, Silver or Gold


The Award is achieved by completing a personal programme of activities in four sections (five if you’re going for Gold) – Volunteering, Physical, Skills, Expedition and for Gold, a Residential.

You’ll find yourself helping people or the community, getting fitter, developing skills, going on an expedition and taking part in a residential activity (Gold only).

The best bit is – you get to choose what you do!

A programme can be full of activities and projects that get you buzzing, and along the way you’ll pick up experiences, friends and talents that will stay with you for the rest of your life.

Duke of Edinburgh Awards at Charleston

At Charleston pupils are helped to complete the award at Bronze and Silver level, although Gold is achievable too for the very committed.

Pupils are expected to organise and work on their volunteering, physical and skill themselves with some support from staff.

Expeditions are organised with the pupils, with a training programme which is compulsory and involves learning and practising all those skills needed to complete an expedition including first aid and emergency procedures, awareness of risk and health/safety issues, navigation and route planning, camp craft, equipment and hygiene, food and cooking, access code, observation, recording and presentation, team building.

The training takes place at a variety of times including after school, weekends and some school days.

Training expeditions must be undertaken before a fully assessed and remotely supervised expedition takes place.

Much more information is available on line at www.DofE.org

Pupils can find out more through the daily notices and the noticeboard on C Floor outside C12 or can speak to any of the staff mentioned above.