We pride ourselves on preparing our girls for the challenges of life beyond school and see DofE at the very heart of this. It allow our girls to work with others, take responsibility and develop leadership skills. More importantly it ensures our pupils give back to the community week after week. The popularity of the scheme has grown tremendously at Bromley and now almost 80% of Year 10 pupils undertake Bronze DofE, 40% of Year 11 and growing numbers of Year 12 continuing onto Gold.
According to the CIPD survey of DofE is the most recognised programme a candidate can reinforce during the recruitment process to demonstrate their volunteering experience. Over a quarter of UK companies look for a DofE Award in applications when they recruit, abover other recognition programmes. Evidence of volunteering is seen as a valuable asset for young people entering the workplace.
The concept of DofE is simple - anyone aged between 14 and 24 can do a programme at on e of three progressive levels which, when sucessfully completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award.
There are four sections at Bronze and Silver level and five at Gold.
With assistance from our DofE Leader your child will select and set objectives in each of the following areas:
Volunteering: undertaking service to individuals or the community. (NB: Volunteering must not be done for a business but can be undertaken for a charity or not-for-profit organisation.)
Physical: improving in an area of sport, dance or fitness activities.
Skills: developing practical and social skills and personal interests.
Expedition: planning, training for and completion of an adventurous journey in the UK or abroad.
At Gold level, participants must do an additional fifth Residential section, which involves staying and working away from home doing a shared activity.