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 

Thank You Lex Autolease!

Chris Prince / Categories: DofE

Thank You Lex Autolease!

Year 10 students have penned a letter of thanks to Lex Autolease for their kind donation to our DofE programme.

Dear Lex Auolease, 

We would like to thank you for your very kind donation towards the Duke of Edinburgh scheme in our school. This is going to make a huge difference to the quality of our experience, and we are extremely thankful. 

In our school, the teachers and staff always endeavour to give us the best opportunities to learn new skills which will help us in the future, and we are very fortunate to be able to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh award. Due to the money you have kindly chosen to give to us, we will be able to purchase tents and other equipment such as rucksacks and compasses which will be a great help during our outdoor expeditions. We are very grateful to your staff for their generosity in raising this money for our school, and supporting our scheme.   

Also, your contribution helped us to buy the equipment we needed for our very first practice expedition recently, where we travelled to Rivington Pike and spent the day navigating our way through the snow. We all thoroughly enjoyed the experience, which helped us to build on our existing map reading knowledge. We also learnt about pacing and compasses, all made possible by the admirable generosity of your staff.

We are all incredibly grateful for your fundraising, as it means that we are able to experience this amazing opportunity. 


The students of the Stockport Academy Duke of Edinburgh scheme.

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