Duke Of Edinburgh Award At Stockport Academy


At Stockport Academy, we are proud to be delivering the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme this year and for many more to come.

We hope to give our Year 9 students an experience that they will remember for life and the opportunity to learn new skills and work as part of a team.

Our students are volunteering in the Community as part of their award and learning field skills towards undertaking their expedition later in the year, with a lot of fun thrown in. Please check out the blog below that our students are writing to keep a record of all the activities they get up to on their journey to achieving the Award.

As a parent, you can click here for more information. The DofE also offers a resources page and a YouTube channel with lots of helpful advice and tutorials.

All evidence should be added through E-DofE – this can be done through the website but we’d encourage participants to download the app if they have a smart phone as this is the easiest way to add evidence. 

Participants need to add evidence of 1 hour per week for each of the 3 sections (3hrs total). This can be text, photos, video or computer files. 
The more evidence provided, the easier it is for us to approve it. 

At the end of the section they need to ask their chosen assessor to complete an Assessor report. These will be in your Welcome Packs when they arrive.

The assessor report needs to be added just like all other evidence but you should tick the box that says ‘’Mark as assessor report’’. 

All sections and evidence needs to be up to date before the trips/ expeditions or they will not be allowed to attend. 

  • 7th March – First walking day practicing navigation skills 

  • 28th March – 2nd day of training both based around Rivington. 

  • 16th – 17th May – Training expedition (Overnight camp) 

  • 20th – 21st June – Qualifying expedition (Overnight camp) 

All sections must be up to date in order to attend these trips. 

Although the expedition is a long way off, we want to give you an idea and help to plan ahead for the kit that your child will need. Please see a suggested kit list below. 

School will provide Rucksacks, Sleeping Bags, Tents, Maps, Compasses, Stoves & Gas. 

Most of the items, you should already have as they are mainly just clothing. 

You do not have to go out and spend lots of money on expensive gear. Decathlon is a good place to get more affordable items such as Walking Boots. 

1 pair of walking boots 
2 pairs of walking socks 
2-3 t-shirts 
2 fleece tops or similar 
2 walking trousers (warm, NOT jeans) 
Flipflops/trainers/sandals etc (optional for camp site use) 
Warm hat &/or sunhat (as appropriate) 
1 pair shorts (if appropriate) 
1 pair gloves (if appropriate) 
Waterproof over-trousers (if appropriate) 
Jacket/coat (waterproof & windproof) 
Personal Kit 
Rucksack – provided by school 
Rucksack liner (or 2 strong plastic bags)  
Sleeping bag – provided by school 
Sleeping mat  
Sleeping bag liner 
Torch (handheld or head torch) 
Expedition food Get advice here.
Water bottle – carry 2 litre each. 
Camping plate/bowl/mug 
Wash kit/personal hygiene 

Rivington Pike

Chris Prince / Categories: DofE

Rivington Pike

On Saturday the 2nd of February, our Duke of Edinburgh team went out on our first practice walk in preparation for our final expedition.

On the Friday before the walk, we split ourselves into three groups and planned our routes around Rivington Pike. Each team took a different route.

On the morning of our walk, we all met up at school dressed head-to-toe in our walking gear. We were then given our maps so that we could follow our chosen routes and look around for landmarks to ensure we were definitely going the right way. When we arrived at our starting point in Rivington, we soon realised it was going to be a lot harder (and a lot more fun!) than we thought, as everywhere we looked was completely covered in snow and ice.

On the way around, we practiced our orienteering skills and learned how to find exactly where we were on our maps. In our team, we were all given different landmarks on our map to spot along the way. There were some beautiful landscapes that we walked past and we all had lots of fun chanting and singing along the way. In total, we walked about 7.11 kilometres and every step was worth it!

-Amy Donkin, Year 10

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