D of E

At Waldegrave, the Duke of Edinburgh Award programme starts in Year 9 with the Bronze Award. Once you have completed this, you can enrol for the Silver Award in Year 10, and we offer the Gold award to students working in partnership with Richmond D of E Award.  The scheme is very popular at Waldegrave with over 200 students participating in the award each year.

Each award takes a minimum of 6 months to a year to complete and aims to encourage service to the community, development of practical skills, participation in physical activity, and a spirit of adventure. All sections of the award require a regular commitment outside of normal lesson time for about one hour per week and for a number of months which gradually increases as the girls move through the levels of the award. There are no absolute standards of ability in each activity as it is all about development of the individual.

You achieve an award by completing a personal programme of activities in four sections (five for the Gold Award):


You will find yourself helping people or the community, getting fitter, developing new skills, going on an expedition, and taking part in a residential activity (Gold Award only). But, here's the best bit - you get to choose what you do!


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Year 10 students completed their Bronze expedition in the Surrey Hills September 2017

Year 11 students taking part  in their Silver practice expedition in the Brecon Beacons October 2017

We have a comprehensive training programme allowing the girls to safely enjoy journeys. We run walking expeditions to the Surrey Hills and the Brecon Beacons in South Wales. Expedition training is held at school and enables participants to become familiar with the challenges they face in the outdoors. For more information on the training covered. Please see the links tab:

To keep abreast of events and training at Waldegrave, and our achievements, please visit this site or read updates in the school newsletter. Alternatively, to find out more about the award go to: www.dofe.org

Any queries, please contact the Award Co-ordinator, Ms Lloyd