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Aboyne Academy

Duke of Edinburgh

Why do your DofE?

Good question! Because, from the first day to the last it’s a real adventure.  Every section gives you something different - that's the fun of it!

You’ll enjoy loads of new experiences, discover talents you never thought you had, challenge yourself and meet loads of people just like you.  Plus you’ll do things you love and get a kick out of.  It’s a real buzz!

Then there’s all the other stuff…

…achieving an Award will give you skills, confidence and a view on life that everyone is looking for, from employers to colleges and universities.

...you're getting recognised for doing things you want to do (and may even be doing already).

...you’ll make a difference to other people’s lives and your community, be fitter and healthier, make new friends and have memories to last you a lifetime.

And above all, it's a great laugh - the question should really be why wouldn't you bother!


What is the aim of the Award?

To help young people to plan and undertake their own programme of activities to develop mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually.


What does it involve?

The Award consists of three levels, Bronze, Silver and Gold. Participants must be aged between 14 & 25. Whatever activity is undertaken is recorded in their Record Book. This provides a record of achievements, effort and progress.

Each award has four separate categories:


1. Service,

2. Skills,

3. Physical Recreation

4. Expedition.


What does the School offer?

Seven teachers have volunteered to give up their free time to run the Award as an Extra Curricular Activity within the School.

At present we offer the Bronze Award to S3 Pupils, enrolment takes place after the October Holidays.

The Silver Award is offered to those pupils who have completed their Bronze Award or are in S4. Enrolment takes place after the October Holidays.

The number of participants taking part in the Award is limited.


How long does it take?

It is expected that each Level of the award should take a minimum of 6 months to complete, realistically each level will take around 12 months, (but there is no time limit on this). Once this is complete you can progress to the next level.


What are the costs involved?

There is an annual charge of £25.00 to participate in the Award.  This fee is to cover enrolment charges and also operating costs. Participants may require certain key outdoor clothing for the expedition section, (a list will be provided) though there may be the opportunity to loan some equipment from the school. There may also be small transport costs associated with some activities.


When and where is  the Award Scheme run?

Training sessions are usually run either at lunchtime or after school on a on a Wednesday or Thursday.



Behaviour expectations

It is expected that you will conform with the School Behaviour Policy and the School Community Code at all times whilst participating in the Award.


This link takes you to view the different levels of Duke of Edinburgh