"In the summer of 1938, I found myself walking five miles, as fast as I could, along country roads in Morayshire. I had never done anything like it before, and I fervently prayed I would never have to do anything like it again. It so happens my prayer was answered because I was completing – successfully as it turned out – a section of the Moray badge, a direct ancestor of what has come to be known as The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award” HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.
The Duke of Edinburgh Award has been a British institution for over 65 years now and during that time has become a highly sought after Award which is widely recognised by British employers and Universities alike. The reason why both employers and Universities have such high regard for the Award are the skills it instils in young people and the level of commitment it demands.
The skills students develop while undertaking the Award are:
A sense of identity
Independence of thought and action
A sense of responsibility
An awareness of their potential
New talents and responsibilities
The Award achieves this by providing a balanced, non-competitive programme which is voluntary and available to all.
Further information about The Award, in general, can be found at www.dofe.org
The DofE Award at Oxted School
At Oxted School, we aim to provide a high quality learning experience for each and every participant. This ethos has led us to become the largest school-based DofE centre in Surrey, with approximately 300 students registering for the Award each academic year. The Award itself is broken down into 3 levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold. All students enter the Award at the Bronze level in Year 9.