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What will your son or daughter get out of their DofE?



The Carlton Academy believes that the Duke of Edinburgh scheme offers young people a fantastic opportunity to form new friendships and learn new skills and interests for their lives ahead.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is a voluntary, non-competitive programme of practical, cultural and adventurous activities designed to support the personal and social development of young people aged 14-25. It offers an individual challenge and encourages young people to undertake exciting, constructive and enjoyable activities in their free time with a well-recognised award at the end to show a possible employer their determination to commit and undertake challenges.

The Carlton Academy is proud to be recognised as the first school in Nottinghamshire to be awarded DLC status. This means it is an approved Directly Licensed Centre for Duke of Edinburgh and offers programmes at all levels of the award; Bronze, Silver or Gold. The programmes are open to students in current Years 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13.

What does the programme consist of?

It is a four Section Programme with three progressive levels.

  • Bronze (for those in year 9 and over)
  • Silver (for those in year 10 and over)
  • Gold (for those aged 16 and over)

Volunteering - Helping other people in the local community.

Skills - Covering almost any hobby, skill or interest.

Physical Recreation - Sports, dance and fitness.

Expeditions - Training for, planning and completing one or two weekend expeditions and a training walk in Nottinghamshire/Derbyshire.

How long will it take?

It takes at least six months to achieve the Bronze Award, twelve months for Silver and eighteen months for Gold. This means you will need approximately four hours per week dedicated to this Award. 1 hour per week after school for the Expedition training and 3 hours for your chosen activities over the week.

How much does it cost?

£100 for a Bronze and £115 for Silver. Gold (tbc) this will depend on uptake and logistics. The cost includes the following:

  • Welcome Pack and eDofE account and  limited personal accident insurance and you will receive a certificate and badge on completion at a presentation evening at The Carlton Academy
  • expeditions – and training walks in Nottinghamshire, 1 or 2 weekend expeditions. (Food and transport not included)
  • all training and paperwork
  • service – usually little or no cost

Remember you may need to factor in some additional costs depending on what ‘Skills’ and ‘Physical’ activity you decide to undertake as part of your award. The cost can be negligible or as expensive as you make it.


As a bare minimum, you will need a 65 litre rucksack, good walking boots, waterproof jacket and trousers, a sleeping bag and a roll up carry mat to sleep on. The school will provide tents, cooking equipment, fuel, maps, group first aid kits (a small personal kit will be required), campsite fees and will cover voluntary helper’s expenses. (There are no paid staff doing the D of E we rely heavily on volunteers giving up their own time to help with the training and on the expedition weekends).

There are some 65L rucksacks available to borrow from the school and these will be available on a first come first served basis.

Dates for expeditions:

Practise and Qualifying expeditions at all levels: TBC

NB: In light of the recent COVID pandemic, it is planned that expeditions for the 2019-2020 cohort will go ahead in the summer term of 2021 together with the 2020- 2021 cohort.

What do I need to do next?

It is very important that students read all of this information before taking any action towards signing up for the award.

*Note for Parents* Please be aware that this Award is a remote supervision activity and when students are on their expedition adult volunteers will only meet them at checkpoints on their route and at the campsite. As part of the silver award, groups will spend 1 night on the campsite alone with no adult supervision. Staff stay close by in the area and students have emergency contact details but they are unsupervised. This is in accordance with the Duke of Edinburgh guidelines for the silver award. If you feel your child cannot be left alone, do not sign them up for the award.

If you are interested and feel up to the challenge talk to your parents about the award as they will need to support you. Attend the next welcome meeting with your parents and see Miss Pollard for an enrolment form which will need to be completed (also available on student reception)

When you apply, you will need to return the enrolment form, signed by yourself and your parent/carer and returned with payment, (£100 for Bronze, £115 for Silver) to student reception.

Please click here for a copy of the Enrolment Form.

Terms of Enrolment can be found here.

Bronze 2020/21 letter

Silver 2020/21 letter

Further information

Please contact Miss S Pollard, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Manager and Coordinator at Carlton Academy either via the main school number 0115 9550010 or direct email; s.pollard@theacademycarlton.org.  More information can be found in the documents below:

Do I qualify for a free/reduced cost place?

The Duke of Edinburgh Award Programme is designed to be inclusive for all. While we realise there is a cost implication, we do not want this to be a barrier to students. Therefore, we will offer to subsidise cost for disadvantaged students on a case by case basis. In some instances, this may mean that there is very little or no cost at all. Please contact Miss Sarah Pollard to discuss