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What is DofE?

A life-changing experience. A fun time with friends. An opportunity to discover new interests and talents. A tool to develop essential skills for life and work. A recognised mark of achievement; respected by employers.

Why take part?

DofE will give you skills, confidence and an edge over others when you apply for college, university or a job. You will develop the LORIC skills of ‘Leadership, Organisation, Resilience, Initiative and Communication’ and evidence them in practice.

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  • Volunteering is simple. It’s about choosing to give time to help people, the community or society, the environment or animals.

  • Opportunities to volunteer with Fareham Academy include helping with extracurricular clubs, and taking part in offsite volunteering.


  • For your physical activity you will need to choose any sport, dance or fitness activity – in short, anything that requires a sustained level of energy and physical activity.

  • You will have the opportunity to do this offsite, or as part of a Fareham Academy sports club.


  • For your skills activity you will need to choose an activity that will allow you to prove you have broadened your understanding and increased your expertise in your chosen skill.

  • Skill clubs will run after school throughout the year.


  • For your Expedition section you will need to plan, train for and complete a self- reliant, unaccompanied expedition with an agreed aim.

  • At Fareham Academy, our expedition will take place in the New Forest.

How to take part

Year 8 students are given a letter in the summer term offering them the chance to sign up to the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze award, with them starting the award in Year 9. Any student who has completed their Bronze award will then have the opportunity to sign up for the Silver Award, commencing in Year 10.


To help students with completing the various sections, we offer after school clubs such as Seed2Feed and British Sign Language. For more information on when and where these are, please see the timetable. The expedition section takes place in the Spring Term in either the New Forest (Bronze) or Southdowns or Jurassic Coast (Silver), with students planning their routes and activities from January. 

Visit the DofE website for more information
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