The Award is very popular at Ampleforth, with participants drawn from Year 10 and Year 12.
Duke of Edinburgh is divided into four sections; volunteering, physical recreation, skills and expedition.
The Expedition Section trains locally on the North Yorkshire Moors, the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District. Silver assessments are taken in the Yorkshire Dales during term time; for Gold the assessments take place over several days during School holidays in Wild Country areas, normally Scotland.
The Volunteering Section fosters participants' appreciation of their place within communities, the needs of others and their ability to serve, using their own strengths. The great majority of participants undertake the Volunteering Section within their home communities, during holidays. Students work in widely varied contexts supporting elderly people, younger students, people with disabilities, animal welfare, charitable fundraising, local councils, church work and many more.
The Physical Recreation Section is well catered for within the wide range of sporting and fitness opportunities at the School.
In the Skills Section almost any interest or hobby can be approved, excepting those covered by Physical Recreation. Popular choices include musical instruments, art, photography, design and technology projects, the theatre, shooting, debating, librarianship, fishing and chess.
At Gold level participants must also undertake a Residential Project away from home. Again choices are individualistic and varied: for example, working with the elderly, sick or young people in a variety of settings; music, sailing, language, classical studies, sports and leadership courses; cathedral and canal conservation camps. All projects are agreed in advance to determine their suitability.
For more in-depth information on the structure of the DofE award, please click here.