The Runnymede College Duke of Edinburgh International Award Programme

What is the DofE International Award?

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is the world’s leading youth achievement award.

More than one million young people around the world currently take part in the Award, in over 140 countries and territories. Since the Award’s launch nearly 60 years ago, it has inspired more than eight million young people to improve themselves and transform their lives. By creating opportunities for young people to develop skills, get physically active, give service and experience adventure, the Award plays a critical role in the development of young people outside the classroom. Participants become more confident and resilient, and develop invaluable skills in areas such as effective organisation, communication, problem solving and leadership. The Award also allows their achievement to be consistently recognised worldwide, giving young people unique international accreditation of their experiences.

Runnymede College has proudly offered the International Award to its pupils since 2014. The programme has grown in popularity year on year, with Year 10 pupils benefiting from the Bronze Award and Year 11 pupils undertaking the Silver Award. Now, for the first time, the Gold Award level is available for the Sixth Form.

For more information visit The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award.

Why do the DofE International Award?

There are many reasons why the award is the leading youth programme in the world. Here are some benefits:

  • Something new and different for young people, outside the classroom
  • An opportunity to give something back to the community
  • Develops self-confidence, self-esteem and self-belief in young people
  • Allows participants to set their own goals and design their own programme
  • Encourages development of key life skills; leadership, teamwork, organisation, problem-solving, resilience
  • Helps to develop leadership and communication skills
  • Allows participants to discover new interests, abilities and talents
  • Creates new friendships
  • Challenges young people to better themselves

Additionally, a certificate from the Duke of Edinburgh International Award programme makes an excellent addition to your UCAS and other university applications. More information.

How can I register to do the DoE International Award?

In order to express your interest in joining the International Award programme at Runnymede, please click on the below link to complete the enrolment form Please be aware that places on the programme are subject to limited availability. We will operate on a ‘first-come, first served’ basis, and in accordance with other appropriate criteria, when assessing the suitability of each application. Many thanks for your understanding in this regard.

Enrolment Form

Timetable

Duke of Edinburgh Programme 2019-2020

Wednesday Session
4pm - 5:30pm
Bronze Silver Gold
9th October Introduction Meeting and setting up ORB Introduction Meeting and setting up ORB Introduction Meeting and setting up ORB
16th October
No session
23th October How to fill in ORB and checking goals How to fill in ORB and checking goals How to fill in ORB and checking goals, destinations for Adventurous Journey
30th October
Half-Term
6th November
No session
13th November Group A: First Aid I
Group B: Camp craft, including food and cooking
First Aid 1 ORB Clinic and decision on Adventurous Journey
20th November
No session
27th November Group A: First Aid 2
Group B: ORB Clinic and competency in the mode of travel
First Aid 2
4th December Year 10 Exams
No session
11th December Group A: Camp craft, including food and cooking
Group B: First Aid 1
Map Reading First Aid 1
18th December
No session
25th December
Christmas Holidays
1st January
Christmas Holidays
8th January
No session
15th January Group A: ORB Clinic and Competency in the mode of travel
Group B: First Aid 2
Map reading and compasses First Aid 2
22th January
No session
29th January Group A: Cooking / Tent Training
Group B: Map reading and compasses
Cooking / Tent Training Cooking / Tent Training
(for those who didn’t do Silver Award in Runnymede)
5th February
No session
12th February Group A: Map reading and compasses
Group B: Cooking / Tent Training
Map reading and compasses, cooking and ORB Clinic Map reading and compasses, cooking and ORB Clinic
(for those who didn’t do Silver Award in Runnymede)
19th February
Half-Term
26th February All Groups: Route Card Planning (Practice Expedition) #1 Route Card Planning (Practice Expedition) #1
4th March Route Card Planning (Practice Expedition) #2 Route Card Planning (Practice Expedition) #2 Route Card Planning (Practice Expedition) #2
11th March All Groups: Route Card Planning (Practice Expedition) #3 Route Card Planning (Practice Expedition) #2 Route Card Planning (Practice Expedition) #1
18th March All Groups: Final Preparations and Equipment Check Final Preparations & Equipment Check
* Practice Expedition
21-22 March
Practice Expedition
21-22 March
25th March Route Card Planning (Practice Expedition) #2
1st April
Easter Holidays
8th April
Easter Holidays
15th April Group A: Feedback and Presentation on Practice Expedition Route Card Planning (Practice Expedition) #3
22nd April Group B: Feedback and presentation on Practice Expedition Feedback &
Presentation on Practice Expedition
Year 12 Mocks
29th April
No session
Year 12 Spanish Orals
6th May All Groups: Route Card Planning (Official Expedition) #1 Final Preparations and Equipment Check
*
No session
Practice Expedition
9th-12th May
13th May
No session
20th May All Groups: Route Card Planning (Official Expedition) #2 ORB Clinic and resolution of other matters Feedback and presentation on Practice Expedition
27th May
No session
3rd June Year 10 Exams IGCSEs
10th June All Groups: Final preparations and equipment check IGCSEs Planning - Official Expedition
* Official Expedition
11th-12th June
No session
17th June All Groups: Presentation on Official Expedition and equipment return IGCSEs Planning - Official Expedition
24th June Map work and route card planning (Official Expedition in September) Official Expedition
20-27 June