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Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is an internationally recognised youth achievement award for young people between the ages of 14 and 25. It is a voluntary, non-competitive programme of activities that gives young people the opportunity to experience new activities or develop existing skills.

Great Marlow School offers students the opportunity to participate in the Bronze, Silver and Gold awards. The award takes students outside the comfort zone of the classroom and their social circle, broadens their horizons and gives them a positive approach to overcoming challenges and reaching goals.

Young people choose their own activities and set their own targets – so their level of achievement depends on their own enthusiasm, commitment and self-motivation. This boosts their independence, responsibility and ability to reflect on the impact of their actions. They learn to work well and respectfully with others; become more confident; and expand their aspirations. They learn teamwork, grow in confidence and gain a deeper understanding of other people’s views, perspectives and beliefs.

Participating in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award at GMS enables our students to develop the skills and attitudes they need to become more rounded, confident adults – qualities that colleges, universities and employers are attracted to.

The Duke of Edinburgh Award promotes:

  • self-belief and self-confidence
  • a sense of identity
  • a sense of responsibility
  • being confident to embark on new initiatives
  • an awareness of individual strengths
  • discovering new talents and attitudes
  • the ability to plan and use time effectively
  • learning from and giving to others in the community
  • forming new friendships
  • problem solving, presentation and communication skills
  • leadership and team working skills.

The point of contact is Mr S Goodright, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Manager: email is –

Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

Every year the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is launched at GMS for Year 9. The cohort is offered the opportunity to participate in this internationally renowned award. The DofE is a great chance for students to broaden their horizons, discover new interests and talents, have fun with friends and develop essential skills for their future.

Further information about the DofE Award can be found by visiting

A registration letter is emailed to all Year 9 parents and carers. If you do not receive an email or have any queries about the award, please email Steve Goodright at:


Use the Opportunity Finder on the DofE website for a variety of expedition options.
WithDave an Approved Activity Provider is able to deliver the following option to participants who have completed two DofE Award sections by the end of January.
Training weekend (including overnight camp): Group 1: 19/20 April 2024 Group 2: 26/27 April 2024
Practice expedition: May 2024 tbc
Qualifying expedition: Group 1: 8/9 June 2024  Group 2: 29/30 June 2024

BRONZE Resources:


Silver Duke of Edinburgh’s Award


Silver Training & Practice Expedition:

  • Thursday 9th May – Sunday 12th may 2024 (times tbc)

Silver Assessed Expedition:

  • Saturday 6th – Monday 8th July 2024 (leaving GMS at 8.30am on Saturday 6th July)


Silver Assessed Expedition:


Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award


  • Gold Training & Practice Expedition: To be confirmed
  • Gold Assessed Expedition: To be confirmed


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