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Duke of Edinburgh Award

Silver Award Letter

  • Do you want to gain new skills?
  • Would you like to develop resilience and challenge yourself?
  • Do you want to gain an award that is recognised by employers and universities?
  • Would you like to have fun, make new friends and develop your teamwork skills?

If you answered yes to any of these questions then the Duke of Edinburgh Award could be for you!



From September 2017, all year 9 students will have the opportunity to complete the Duke of Edinburgh Award at Bronze level. The opportunity to register on the Award will take place in the Autumn term.

In order to pass the award students must complete each of the sections detailed below;

  •  Skill Development
  • Physical Challenge
  • Volunteering
  • Expedition

To find out more about what you can do for each of the challenges read the Programme Ideas list.

For more information about the award scheme at all levels visit



We also offer the Silver Award to year 10 students. More information about both of the awards will be delivered to students in Assemblies in the Autumn term. The cost of participation on the Bronze Award will be £85 and £95 for the Silver Award. This includes the cost registration onto the award scheme, badge and certificate, campsite fees, use of Three Rivers Academy equipment (tents, stoves, gas, maps and compasses) and transport to the start of each of the expeditions. We also have a limited number of expedition rucksacks (65 litre) and waterproofs that can be borrowed by students.



Bronze – From Year 9





3 months

3 Months

3 Months

Plan, train for and undertake a 2 day, 1 night practice and qualifying expeditions.

All participants must undertake a further 3 months in the Volunteering, Physical or Skills sections.


Silver – From Year 10





3 months

One section for 6 months and the other section for 3 months

Plan, train for and undertake a 3 day, 2 night practice and qualifying expeditions.

Direct entrants must undertake a further 6 months in either the Volunteering or the longer of the Physical or Skills sections.


The Expedition

A Bronze expedition lasts for two days and one night. Students must complete both a practice and qualifying expedition to complete this element of Award. The Silver expeditions are for three days and two nights. On a Bronze expedition students must complete at least 6 hours of activity outside of camp each day. This is made up of a mix of journeying and meeting their expedition aim (e.g. wildlife photography, carrying out a litter survey or creating a video diary). They must spend at least three hours journeying and the remainder of the time can be made up of rest breaks, mealtimes and meeting their expedition aims. For example a group who left camp at 9am would not be expected to arrive at the finish line before 3pm.

A Silver expedition lasts for three days and two nights and the students are expected to complete 7 hours of activity each day outside camp. A minimum of three and a half hours must be made up of journeying and the remainder will comprise of rest breaks, mealtimes and meeting their expedition aim.

The Duke of Edinburgh Award is not competitive and whilst we do encourage students to use their timings on the route cards, it is not a race. There are no advantages to be gained by completing the expedition in the shortest possible time.

All of the Bronze expeditions and the Silver practice expedition will take place in the Surrey Area, the Silver Qualifying expedition will take place in the New Forrest.



The majority of personal equipment (e.g. sleeping bags, roll mats, rucksacks, waterproof jackets and trousers) can often be borrowed from friends and family. However, it is vital that students’ feet are comfortable throughout the walk and we recommend that they have their own walking boots that are worn in before the start of the practice expedition.

Please click here for a copy of Three Rivers Academy kit list. Please remember that this list is for guidance rather than definitive list. For example a waterproof jacket should also be packed, but it may not be necessary to pack a warm hat and gloves during a spell of pleasant weather.


Expedition Groups

An important part of the expedition is the ability to work as a team. At Three Rivers Academy we want to encourage our students to work with people outside of their social circle. Students will be able identify someone that they would like to be in a group with, but the final choice on groupings will lie with Three Rivers Academy staff. Expedition groups are made up of between 4-7 students.


What Can Parents/ Carers Do to help students to prepare for the expeditions?

  • Encourage students to build stamina by going for regular walks.
  • Ensure that they have appropriate footwear they are comfortable walking in.
  • Encourage them to get involved in map reading on family outings
  • Practise packing and carrying an expedition rucksack

Physical, mental health issues and disability should not be a barrier to participation on the Award. If you would like to discuss any barriers (including financial) to your son/daughter completing the award or if you have any other questions please contact Miss Armstrong ( .

Students should be recording their progress towards their skill, physical and volunteering challenges regularly on the D of E website (  If you have forgotten your password or user name please see Miss Armstrong.



The Duke of Edinburgh Award was launched at RES in January 2015. Here’s what the first cohort of students had to say about their experience.

When I started Duke of Edinburgh, I was really excited. We started off by cooking for the first month and it was really fun. We then had to plan our first hike in Cobham where we walked 12 miles. On the first day we had two teachers with us, halfway through the walk we stopped at a park to have lunch and play with a mini rugby ball. When we got to the campsite we set up our tents and started to cook our meals, which was nice. On the second day we walked from the campsite to the school which was a great experience and very fun. We made it on time which was even better. The second trip, which was further afield, was just as fun and I’m looking forward to doing it again”.

When I did the Duke of Edinburgh, it was hard work. I had to do two expeditions (one practice one and the second one that was the real thing). As soon as I finished the first one I regretted it because it was really hard work but in the end I did the second one and really enjoyed it. The camping was really fun and after I had completed the weekend, I felt really proud of myself. My parents are really pleased that we get the opportunity to do the Duke of Edinburgh at school and are really proud of me. I’m really glad I did it”!

Please click here for the kit list.