Duke of Edinburgh

Duke of Edinburgh at South Wirral is ran by Mrs Barr who is the DofE Manager and Mrs Dennis who is the DofE coordinator. 

If you have any questions, please email dofe@southwirral.wirral.sch.uk

Duke of Edinburgh and Covid-19

Duke of Edinburgh have recognised that at this time it will be more difficult to complete your award with so many clubs postponed and places closed.  Please visit the DofE Website for ideas for how you can still complete your award at home.

Duke of Edinburgh App

Why don’t you download the DofE app from the Google Play or Apple App store?  You can update your profile, upload pictures and your assessor’s reports right from your phone.  It couldn’t be easier!


What is the Duke of Edinburgh Award?

The Duke of Edinburgh Award is an exciting opportunity for pupils in year 9 and above.  It allows pupils to experience adventure, whilst improving their physical fitness, skills and also helping people out whilst volunteering.

The Duke of Edinburgh Award started in 1956 as an award for boys aged 15-18 who wished to complete a set of self-improvement exercises. Girls were allowed to participate from 1957. Now it is an internationally recognised qualification that pupils can complete between the ages of 14-25.

Colleges, universities and employers recognise the award and highly recommend completing it

“The essence of the DofE is about giving people independence, confidence and skills they wouldn’t normally have acquired and to make people ready for the world. Having something like this actually speaks a lot more about what you are like as an individual. It shows commitment over a period of time, the willingness to become independent and demonstrate a lot of the skills we are looking for as a business.”

– John Roberts, Founder and Former CEO of ao.com

“As a people-focused business, we are always on the lookout for new talent. Our approach is to recruit for attitude and train for skill – so achievements like a DofE Award really help potential applicants to stand out from the crowd and demonstrate the positive leadership behaviours we need in our colleagues. So, we are proud to support the DofE and would encourage any young person considering starting their programme to definitely do so.”

– Hayley Tatum, Senior Vice President – People and Stores at Asda

There are 3 different levels, bronze, silver and gold.  Within each there are a number of sections to complete over a set period of time;

And at Gold Level a residential

We have now released the dates for the expeditions for 2021. Due to the impact of Covid-19, expeditions for the next couple of years will be a little different. School can be used as a base, pupils do not have to camp over and can return home of a night.

Bronze Training:
Saturday 26th June 8.45am-17.30pm based from South Wirral High School
Bronze Qualifying:
Monday 28th June and Tuesday 29th June 815am until approximately 17.30. Starting at South Wirral High School

Silver Training:
Friday 2nd-Sunday 4th July 8.15am until 17.30pm all based from South Wirral High School.
Silver Qualifying:
Monday 12th July 8.30am-17.30. Pupils will make their own way to West Kirby Concourse and Leisure Centre and meet at 8.30am. They will make their way back to school via the route given.
Tuesday 13th-Wednesday 14th – 8.15am-17.30pm meet at school.

Pupils should be bringing a letter home with some more information and further letter with kit list requirements will be sent out shortly.

2021-2022 Sign Up

Students have all watched an assembly encouraging them to sign up for the next academic year. Students need to register their interest initially with Mrs Dennis in student services or with Mrs Barr in E1. An information letter will be sent our shortly with more details for parents.


Here is what some of our pupils have said about DofE in the past:

“It was fun. I loved being together and chilling out at camp. I learned how to ready a map, how to cook when camping and developed my teamwork”

Year 10

“It was a great bonding experience. I made new friends, I’ve learnt lots of new skills. I developed my patience.”

Year 10

“I enjoyed spending time with friends, and I enjoyed learning how to look after animals as part of my volunteering section”

Year 10

“I enjoyed the independence having the responsibility of getting it done ourselves. It taught me how to be responsible and developed my skills for the real world

Year 10

“It was hard work, but I enjoyed it. It was fun at the same time as I was spending a lot of time with friends, doing stuff you don’t normally do”

Year 12
“I would encourage any young person to take part. If you are sitting on the fence right now thinking ‘should I, shouldn’t I’ then I implore you to just go for it. At times, it isn’t easy climbing mountains and walking hours on end at a time but if you have a good group of friends behind you with plenty of snacks to keep you fuelled then you will 100% be okay – I can guarantee! The best part about the expedition is when you reach the top of a hill or mountain and can look back and say ‘I did it!’ Not only does the expedition give you a real sense of achievement, however the other components of the award will also. You might learn a brand new skill, make new friends, take on a new sport and volunteer, all of which helps to make a huge and real difference to the lives of others and yourself. A bonus is that if you make it to Gold my award was presented by Prince Edward and wildlife presenter Gordan Buchanan at Buckingham Palace! A once in a lifetime opportunity – go for it!”
Jess BartleFormer SWHS student, DofE Gold
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