Duke of Edinburgh's Award
Our pupils are ideally placed to participate in this renowned, challenging programme of personal development. The school’s rich co-curricular life, together with activities undertaken outside school, provides ample opportunities for pupils to become involved in all four areas of the Award: Volunteering, Skills, Physical Recreation and Expeditions. Involvement in the Award requires commitment and initiative, and develops independence and confidence. It provides participants with a wealth of valuable experiences from which grows a strong sense of achievement.
At Dollar Academy, we organise and provide opportunities for all our pupils to have the opportunity to complete their Duke of Edinburgh's Awards. The Award, at Bronze level, is open to all pupils in Form III. Those pupils who complete Bronze can go on to take part in Silver in Form IV and then Gold in Forms V and VI.
This is a hugely popular activity at Dollar Academy amongst both staff and pupils. Typically 130 pupils in Form III choose to take part at Bronze level, 70 pupils in Form IV are involved at Silver and 40 candidates in Form V at Gold level.
The highlight of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award for many pupils is participation in the school’s challenging and exciting expedition programme. We have a large team of qualified staff who are experienced in the training and assessment of expedition skills. The Ochil Hills, which rise immediately behind the school, provide an ideal location to train and assess Bronze level candidates in walking expedition skills. More arduous experiences await the Silver and Gold level pupils on trips to the wilds of the Scottish Highlands; to such places as Wester Ross and North West Sutherland. These expeditions provide truly memorable experiences for our pupils.
Expedition work occurs in May, September and October for Bronze Candidates, and in June for Silver and Gold candidates. Compulsory attendance is required for expedition participation sessions which take place in the week prior to the expedition itself. Kit list is available for the expedition part of the award on the school D of E website.
Dollar Academy is a Directly Licensed Centre for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
Cost: £16 registration fee for Bronze and Silver Awards, £23 registration fee for Gold.
Dowload our DofE Expedition Equipment List
More information on DofE Expedition Report Writing
Suggestions for DofE Volunteering Opportunities
Mr John Fraser, DofE Manager
Mr Charlie Ainge
Mr Alan Blyth
Miss Sheila Cannon
Dr John Chroston
Miss Gill Dean
Mr Robert Durran
Mr Duncan Gibb
Mr Andy Johns
Mr Simon Johnson
Mr David Lumsden
Mrs Heather Moore
Mrs Kate Murray
Dr Shona Sheuerl
Mr Craig Waterston
Mr Justin Wilkes
Mrs Jacqui Young