Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

Our School has a large and successful Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Unit and we offer our students all three levels of the award; Bronze, Silver and Gold as follows:

2018 – 19 2019 – 20
Year 9 & 10 – Bronze Level
Year 11 – Silver Level
Year 12 and Year 13 – Gold Level
Year 9 – Bronze Level
Year 10 & 11 – Silver Level
Year 12 and Year 13 – Gold Level


Historically we are, and continue to be, one of the largest and successfully performing DofE Units in the South East and this was recognised by Ofsted:

Personal Development & Well-Being:

There is a high level of commitment by students to extra-curricular activities and Duke of Edinburgh’s Award activities.

Effectiveness & Efficiency of the Sixth Form:

Many students take part in the wide range of extra-curricular activities, especially the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme.

Curriculum & Other Activities:

Large numbers of students take the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

What’s DofE all about?

Doing a DofE programme is a real adventure from beginning to end. It allows you to develop additional skills, explore unfamiliar environments, and participate in new activities that lets you do something different, adventurous – and most of all it’s fun!

You choose what you are going to do, so your programme can be full of activities and projects that get you buzzing. Along the way you’ll pick up experiences, friends and talents that will stay with you for the rest of your life.

Better still, having a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award has been shown statistically to make people stand out from the crowd when it comes to job and university interviews! It gives you something to put on your CV & personal statements, lots to talk about at an interview and it also shows that you’ve developed many of the skills the interviewers are looking for.

As Silver holder Jamie puts it “The benefits of completing DofE are incredible, but the main thing is you come away with is a new you.

Feedback from 2017-18 participants:


Participants who found the award beneficial & rewarding


Believe DofE has challenged them mentally & physically


Believe DofE has grown their confidence


Would recommend the MGGS DofE Programme


Found the award to be what they expected or exceeded their expectations

What are the four sections? (Residential at Gold only):

  • Volunteering: undertaking service to individuals or the community.
  • Physical: improving in an area of sport, dance or fitness activities.
  • Skills: developing practical and social skills and personal interests.
  • Expedition: planning, training for and completion of an adventurous journey – including a practice & qualifying expedition. You will then do a group project / presentation to complete the section.
  • Residential: You’ll spend five days and four nights taking part in a shared, worthwhile activity with people you’ve never met before. A DofE residential will boost your independence and confidence.

Timescales & Duration’s:

Summary of our Duke of Edinburgh’s Award at MGGS

We provide the environment to nurture our students through this prestigious award. Our qualified staff are outstanding in delivering the necessary requirements for students to fully achieve their award at each level. We take pride in our students achieving their goals and ensure they reach their targets.

Our Staff

  • Mr Hilson – Centre Manager
  • Mr Duffell – DofE Verifier