Enrichment is a key part of a young person’s development. Our extra-curricular and enrichment programme is planned for the new academic year but due to covid restrictions, activities will take place slightly differently until some restrictions are relaxed. Students are actively encouraged to engage in the Inter-Tutor challenges that will take place regularly this academic year. As soon as we are able to launch our other enrichment opportunities, we will share the details on this tab.

Here at Kingsdown we value enrichment and the learning it can offer outside of the classroom. We have a range of activities covering an array of skills and values, all of which add to the cultural capital of young people, whilst underpinning our values.

Please be aware below are subject to changes such as COVID restrictions, etc.

Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme

Keep up to date with the latest expeditions and Duke of Edinburgh Award related events with Kingsdown’s DofE blog - http://kingsdowndofe.home.blog

For details on the training day on 16th May, please see the details in the blog - https://kingsdowndofe.home.blog/2021/05/11/dofe-2021-training-day-sunday-16th-may/

Kingsdown School is a Licenced Organisation for the Duke of Edinburgh Award, and currently offers Bronze Award from year 9, and Silver award from year 10, with Gold Award waiting to be rolled out. We ask the students commit to:

- 1 full day training based in school
- 2 days walks to assess map reading competency
- 1 training weekend
- 1 expedition weekend

Plus the required time for their sections which are:

Bronze timescales

It will usually take you at least 6 months to complete your Bronze programme.

  • Volunteering section: 3 months
  • Physical section: 3 months
  • Skills section: 3 months
  • Expedition section: 2 days/1 night

You also have to spend an extra three months on one of the Volunteering, Physical or Skills sections. It’s your choice which one and, though you can change your mind later, you should decide which section you want to do for longer at the beginning. Knowing how long you’re going to do it for will help you to choose your activity and set your goals for each section.

Silver timescales

It will take you at least 6 months for Silver if you’ve already achieved your Bronze, or 12 months if you’ve jumped straight into Silver.

  • Volunteering section: 6 months
  • Physical and Skills sections: One section for 6 months and the other section for 3 months
  • Expedition section: 3 days/2 nights

If you didn’t do Bronze, you must undertake a further 6 months in either the Volunteering or the longer of the Physical or Skills sections.

Gold timescales

For Gold, you’ll need to do your programme for at least 12 months if you’ve achieved your Silver Award, or 18 months if you’ve started at Gold level without doing your Silver – even if you’ve done Bronze. The big difference at Gold is you’ll also do a Residential section – staying away from home for five days and four nights doing a shared activity with people you don’t know.

  • Volunteering section: 12 months
  • Physical and Skills sections: One section for 12 months and the other section for 6 months
  • Expedition section: 4 days/3 nights
  • Residential section: Undertake a shared activity in a residential setting away from home for 5 days and 4 nights.

If you didn’t do Silver, you must undertake a further 6 months in either the Volunteering or the longer of the Physical or Skills sections.

Further information can be found at www.dofe.org

Find online welcome packs at www.dofe.org/welcome-packs-dth

Summary of DofE timescales



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