The Duke of Edinburgh Award is an important and popular part of Lancing’s co-curricular programme. The College is proud to continue running its own independent licence, which it has held since 1963.
A fun adventure and major challenge, three progressive Award levels (Bronze, Silver and Gold) and a wide range of activities offer endless possibilities. There is a “direct entry route” towards the Gold award for Sixth Form pupils; it remains a popular option with an amazing forty pupils currently working towards Gold.
The programme builds self-confidence, self-discipline and resilience in young people and also enables them to develop vital leadership, team and collaboration skills.
The design of the Lancing DofE within the College and A Level timetable also enables pupils to flexibility to integrate and develop a wide variety of new skills and experiences.
The benefits of DofE don’t end when an award is achieved, it is an asset in university applications and its life changing experiences last well beyond Lancing.
About the Lancing DofE programme
The Duke of Edinburgh Award is an award scheme programme which is highly noticed by Universities and makes for a very commendable addition to a student’s personal statement. It can often be a useful complement to A Level studies by offering an opportunity to broaden study skills and experiences.
Generally, everybody aims for completing the Gold award. Pupils do not have to complete Bronze and Silver before being able to enter for the Gold award, but if a pupil is jumping straight to Gold(Direct Entry) then more of an effort will be required of you including a shared activity in a residential setting away from home for 5 days and 4 nights
Details on what is involved at each level can be found here.
The structure of the DofE and through the breadth of the Lancing co-curricular programme pupils can really tailor their own activities within the four sections to the award: Volunteering, Physical, Skills and the Expedition.
For each section you get to choose exactly what you want to do, as long as it is suitable. DofE leaders at Lancing will help you understand what is suitable and can be used towards achieving your award.
As a guide, activities for each DofE section take a minimum of one hour a week over a set period of time, so they can be fitted in around academic study, hobbies and social lives for both day and boarding pupils. Development and regular progress must be shown and all activities must be completed by the participant’s 25th birthday.
Duke of Edinburgh at Lancing College is about promoting self-initiative, drive, resilience and also collaborative work with other students, who perhaps some of them wouldn’t ordinarily work with, which is fantastic and enriching.
Kelly Edwards, Head of Girls’ Games & Duke of Edinburgh's Manager