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 2018

Bronze expedition information for parents 2019


Provisional dates of the expeditions and planning sessions for the 2018-19 academic year:


Gold Practice expedition (Brecon Beacons) Thursday 4th  – Wednesday 10th  April.

Bronze Practice expedition 1 – Friday 26th-Saturday 27th  April.

Bronze Practice expedition 2 – Friday 3rd  -Saturday 4th May.

Gold/Silver Qualifying planning day (Years 11 & 12) – IT1: Sunday 2nd  June

Bronze Qualifying expedition 1 – Sunday 23rd  – Monday 24th June.

Bronze Qualifying expedition 2 – Sunday 30th June – Monday 1st  July.

Gold/Silver Qualifying expedition (Snowdonia  – Years 11 & 12); Friday 12th – Thursday 18th July