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The Duke of Edinburgh's Award

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme is the world’s largest youth achievement award, giving millions of 14-24 year olds the opportunity to be the very best they can be.  From volunteering to physical activities, life skills to expeditions, achieving a DofE Award is a passport to a brighter future, valued by employers and universities. The Spires College run all levels of the DofE award, it is open to all students from Year 9 and above. 

The award can be built into your regular school day; volunteering, skills and practical sections can be completed in our lunch time or after school clubs.  Expeditions are run by College staff and take place during June and July, previous expeditions have taken place on the South West Coast Path, Dartmoor and Snowdonia National Park. 

To find out more about how to get involved with the DofE award, please contact Mr Moore by emailing nmoore@thespirescollege.com.  Students will find Mr Moore in room 0411.

If you are currently working on your DofE award and need help finding a suitable activity for a section, have a look at the DofE opportunity finder, via the following link: www.dofe.org/opportunity-finder, or speak to Mr Moore.

There is a link to the DofE website below:

https://www.dofe.org/


Across the weekend of 12 July, twenty of our Year 9 students partook in their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Assessed expedition. In preparation for this they had already completed training days and expeditions, covering navigation skills, teamwork, pitching tents, cooking on camping stoves and planning their final route that they walked.

The students had to walk along the steep and undulating coast path under the scorching heat on Friday afternoon to arrive at our local campsite at Treacle Valley Farm for the evening. The students all selected their pitches, set up camp, cooked dinner and were an absolute credit to the College. Members of the public came and asked what they were doing and expressed how much it was a delight to see teenagers being in the outdoors and taking opportunities to try new things and get outside.

On Saturday morning, the students were up at 6am cooking breakfast and packing up camp, before setting off for a walk through the countryside, along the River Teign and ending in Decoy Country Park in Newton Abbot.

Along the way, the four teams took photos and made videos to keep a diary, and also to show future participants of what they can expect from a Bronze DofE expedition.

It was a pleasure to work with these students over the last few months and I extend a big thank you to Mr Toorneini and Mr Loly for their help throughout the training and for the final expedition.

I hope to see the students signing up for their Silver award next year!

Mr N Moore

Bronze DofE Team - start


Mr Moore is our Outdoor Education Co-ordinator.  He can be contacted by telephone on 01803 400821 or by email to nmoore@thespirescollege.com.