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Duke of Edinburgh


Duke of Edinburgh (DofE)

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.

We offer the DofE programme to pupils between the ages of 14-19 year-olds

There are three progressive levels which, when successfully completed, leads to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

There are four sections to complete at Bronze and Silver level and five at Gold.

The 4 sections for Bronze and Silver are:

  • Voluntary Work
  • Physical Recreation
  • Skills
  • Expedition


Achieving a DofE Award is not a competition or about being first. It is all about setting personal challenges and pushing personal boundaries.

Through the DofE programme, our students have fun, make friends, improve their self-esteem and build confidence. They gain essential skills and attributes for life such as resilience, problem-solving, team-working, social skills, pupil’s employability, leadership, communication and drive.

Our students can achieve the same level as any student in a mainstream setting.

This year our students have been working hard through three of the sections.


Volunteering Section:

Our DofE participants have been out and about the local area and parks picking up litter to ensure its clean and tidy.


Physical Section:

Our participants have completed many walks around the local area including Rivington, Birkacre and Abby Village. We have also looked at how to use a compass to help us find our way around.


Skills Section:

Our participants have been building their camping and woodland skills in this section. 

  • Making fires safely
  • Using a kelly Kettle to make hot chocolate
  • Whittling wood to make tent pegs and marshmallow roasting sticks
  • Building dens/shelters






Contact Us

Mayfield Special School
Gloucester Road,
Chorley, PR7 3HN