The Duke of Edinburgh Award

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award was established in 1956 as a way of creating opportunities for young people to learn new skills, meet new challenges and have a lot of fun in the process. Every year Richard Hale enrols students from Years 9 and 12 to undertake the Bronze and Gold level awards respectively.

Our students involve themselves in a wide variety of activities on their D of E journeys – such as volunteering as athletics or football coaches, learning how to code or developing their mountain biking skills.

With the support of staff and volunteers from the wider community our students have used the D of E Award to develop their personal skills and interests while also helping others.

The expedition element is a journey over between two and four days which the participants plan and undertake independently after they have been trained by the adults leaders. For many students, the expeditions are often the highlight of award.

Employers, colleges and universities recognise the value of having the D of E Award on your C.V. because it demonstrates enthusiasm, resilience and community mindedness. That’s why, almost 70 years after it was created, the Award still attracts huge numbers of participants each year.

To find out more, check out the D of E website or contact our D of E coordinator, Mr Brownlee at