Participants/Parent & Carers

I am excited to inform you that Alleyne’s Academy will again be offering the Duke of Edinburgh Award for students at Bronze (normally year 9), Silver (year 10 & 11) and Gold (sixth form) levels. Students will be registered for the award and their expeditions through the academy, and we will organise the expedition element of the award for the students. The dates for the expeditions are below, and unfortunately these cannot be changed. The locations for the expeditions will be sent out closer to the time, for you to be able to organise drop-off/collection of the students.
As part of the scheme, students will need to take part in 4 or 5 different activities, some of which they need to complete independently.
Students need to participate in voluntary work (this cannot be for a private company), a physical activity and a skill for roughly an hour a week for the timelines as shown below. Gold participants will also need to complete a residential activity.

  

Due to current restrictions and the ongoing pandemic, more information can be found on the many ways in which these sections can be completed online at https://www.dofe.org/dofewithadifference/ . DofE with a difference allows more activities based from home, with social distancing in mind. Some examples of how students have volunteered would be helping younger siblings with home-schooling, supporting vulnerable people in their community and spending the time to help those in need in a less formal manner than was previously allowed.
Students need to log in to their eDofE account (we will provide the login with registration), submit their activities for approval (some activities might not be suitable/appropriate for the section) and then log their activities each week, so for example if they were to work on their fitness each week as their physical, they may upload a screenshot of runkeeper etc. Some of our current DofE participants have done amazingly well last year, contributing 676 hours of voluntary service to the community, which is an amazing achievement.
Prior to the expedition, we require students to have started each section (with the exception of the residential for Gold), and have finished their 3 month section (in Bronze and Silver). Without meeting these requirements, students may not be allowed to participate in the expedition.

Due to the current pandemic, there may be some differences with the expedition, however I will communicate any changes closer to the time should they occur.


Dates for the expeditions are as follows:


Bronze – 2 day expedition, Sat and Sun:
Sat 2nd – Sun 3rd April – Training Weekend
Sat 9th – Sun 10th April – Practise Weekend
Sat 25th – Sun 26th June – Qualifying Weekend


Silver – 3 day expedition, Fri to Sun:
Sat 2nd – Sun 3rd April – Training Weekend
Fri 8th – Sun 10th April – Practise Weekend (Friday meet @ 6pm)
Fri 24th – Sun 26th June – Qualifying Weekend (Friday meet @ 9am)


Gold – 5 day expedition:
Sat 2nd – Sun 3rd April – Training Weekend
Sat 9th – Tue 12th April – Practise Week
Sat 2nd – Wed 6th July – Qualifying Week


The cost for registration and for the expeditions are as follows:


Bronze: £200
Silver: £255
Gold: £390


Part of the first payment will cover the student’s registration with DofE. Payments, other than the registration, are refundable only until such time as the Academy has to make payment to the supplier(s) providing external services. Once such payment has been completed no refunds can be made. Payments should be made through ParentPay, and the students will be registered with this once we have received their consent letter.


The payment schedules are as follows:

Bronze
10/12/21 - £50
1/2/22 - £75
1/3/22 - £75

Silver
10/12/21 - £75
1/2/22 - £90
1/3/22 - £90

Gold
10/12/21 - £100
1/2/22 - £145
1/3/22 - £145

If I can be of help in answering any questions, please feel free to email me and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Mrs M Plant
m.plant@alleynes.staffs.sch.uk