Duke of Edinburgh Award

Welcome to The Hemel Hempstead School Duke of Edinburgh Award section of the website. Here we hope to outline what is involved at each level, not just to serve as a reminder to existing participants but also to inform younger students as to what could be a rewarding experience in years to come.

There are three levels:

Bronze, which you start in year ten,  Bronze Award Requirements

Silver, which you start in year eleven, Silver Award Requirements

Gold, which you start in year twelve. Gold Award Requirements

Each level has four sections; Service, Skill, Physical Recreation and the Expedition. The expeditions are organised by the school but you are responsible for the other three sections.

Expedition training varies between levels. At Bronze level, you train one lunchtime per week from December to June. Silver and Gold normally involve one planning day (usually a Sunday) in the term before each expedition and two training days on location immediately before the expedition.

Equipment can be provided by the school but as you progress through the levels you may wish to obtain your own gear. We would recommend Complete Outdoors at Bourne End.

Many staff and former students have been involved in the Award over the years at Hemel Hempstead School and we would like to acknowledge their contributions here. Without their help the current team would not be able to run the expeditions! Thank you!

EDOFE updating guidelines

Silver & Gold kit list

Silver Practice Parents information evening 2019

Bronze 2020 Information for Parents


Forthcoming expeditions:


Bronze Competency Day – Saturday 28th March

Gold Practice expedition (Brecon Beacons) 2nd – 7th April

Bronze Practice expedition one 24th-25th April
Bronze Practice expedition two 1st-2nd May

Gold/Silver planning day Sunday 31st May

Bronze Qualifying expedition one 28th-29th June
Bronze Qualifying expedition two 5th-6th July

Gold/Silver Qualifying expedition (Lake District) 9th-15th July

Silver Practice expedition (Peak District) 22nd-26th October


Gold Practice expedition (Brecon Beacons) 25th – 30th March
Gold/Silver qualifying expedition (Snowdonia) 16th – 21st July