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The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) develops young people for life and work.  It helps you to fulfil your potential and have a brighter future.  For many young people, the impact can be life-changing.

At Pensby High School students can complete the bronze and silver awards in Years 10 and 11.

At each level, each DofE candidate has several sections to work towards, and there are hundreds of activities you can choose for each of the sections:

  • Volunteering/Community: From helping at a kids’ club or running an awareness campaign to raising money for a charity or working on a recycling project – you can get out and help others.  The school can help you organise your volunteering.
  • Physical: From football to yoga, swimming to skateboarding, participants take part in a sport, dance or fitness activity, showing improvement over time.  The school have many extra-curriucular activities which all students are welcome to sign up for which can help them complete this section.
  • Skills: Participants learn a new skill or develop existing talents.  With choices from DJing , cookery, science stars to drama and zoology, the sky’s the limit!  Why not look at the clubs you can sign up to at the school?
  • Expedition: These are adventures through North Wales, helping you develop initiative, practical and personal skills outside of the classroom. These preparations and training activities will be supported through some after school meetings to ensure you are fully prepared for your main expeditions.

What will it cost?

There are two main costs:

  • eDofE: £30

eDofE is your registration fee, paid to register you as a candidate.  This gets you an online profile used to record your progress in each of the sections.  If you want to do DofE, you have to have the eDofE.

  • Expeditions: £ TBC annually

How long does it take?

Each Award takes about 9/12 months to complete.  

Why should I do DofE?

When you do DofE, you’ll develop the skills and attitudes you need to help develop as rounded, confident adults.  These are qualities that universities and employers are attracted to.

Some of the qualities you will develop include:

  • Self-belief and self-confidence
  • A sense of identity and responsibility
  • Initiative
  • A real awareness of your strengths
  • New talents and abilities
  • The ability to plan and use time effectively
  • The ability to learn from and give to others in the community
  • New friendships
  • Problem solving, presentation and communication skills
  • Leadership and team-working skills

Are there any other costs?

Yes, you will need to make sure you have all of the appropriate kit for completing the expeditions.  However, the DofE at the school has a store of kit you are able to borrow including:

  • Rucksacks
  • Tents
  • Cooking equipment
  • Sleeping bags
  • Sleeping mats
  • Waterproof jackets and trousers
  • Walking boots

You will also need to provide your own food to eat on the expeditions, but don’t worry, you’ll receive full training in the types of foods to bring.

I want to speak to someone to find out more!

Ok then! Mr A Davies is the DofE Lead for the school. You’ll find him in the on the E Corridor or email at 

Pensby High School
Irby Road, Heswall CH61 6XN
Tel: 0151 342 0570 Fax: 0151 342 0571
Email: Headteacher: Mr K Flanagan