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The Duke of
Edinburgh's Award

Duke of Edinburgh at Queen Anne’s

Queen Anne’s School is a Directly Licensed Centre for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, managed at the school by Mr Gary Blunt. The award is an important part of life at the school and we are currently experiencing record numbers of girls registering and successfully completing their Bronze, Silver and Gold awards.

Each participant is expected to complete a Skill, Physical, Volunteering, Expedition and Residential (Gold only) section. Girls from Queen Anne’s can be seen doing anything and everything within those sections in order to meet the strict criteria from working with SEN groups, taking part in sport, to caring for the welfare of animals by supporting their owners and cookery at home or at school.

As a Directly Licensed Centre, there is almost complete autonomy and that is hugely beneficial for the girls at Queen Anne’s. Registering, ordering and general administration is now quicker on the eDofe management system as Mr Blunt inputs and controls all that we need to be able to function effectively. As a result, we work closely with Sam Sykes Ltd who continue to deliver our expedition packages brilliantly. Our recent expeditions have taken our girls to the Brecon Beacons, Ashdown Forest, the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales. We are looking to add the Chilterns and Peak District to our expedition portfolio this academic year.  New terrain to navigate, explore and fresh challenges to overcome.

Over the 2017/2018 academic year, 130 Queen Anne’s girls successfully completed their Bronze, Silver and Gold Practice and Qualifying Expeditions. We have an amazing completion rate which is well above the national average and we expect this to rise as girls finalise their remaining sections.

“In my opinion, there are many benefits from doing the DofE Award. I have gained new skills, developed my knowledge, enhanced my resilience and had fun doing so. I am really looking forward to the two expeditions, where I hope to gain further independence and learn new life skills for the future.” – Charlotte C (U4)


“I have learnt to give back to the community each week by volunteering and have learned very quickly that people depend on me. One of the reasons I decided to take part in the DofE Award was because I wanted to challenge myself trying something new, and I believe the Award really does enhance my CV by demonstrating I can work independently or as part of a team. My activities include cookery lessons, assisting Mr Blunt with DofE administration and tennis classes.” – Emma S (U4)



Bronze Expedition
Chiltern Hills – Practice Expedition – Friday 27 to Sunday 29 March 2020
Chiltern Hills – Qualifying Expedition – Saturday 13 to Sunday 14 June 2020

Silver Expedition
Brecon Beacons – Practice Expedition – Thursday 26 to Sunday 29 March 2020
Peak District – Qualifying Expedition – Monday 22 to Wednesday 24 June 2020

Gold Expedition
Lake District – Practice and Qualifying Expeditions – Wednesday 8 to Sunday 12 July 2020

DofE news & reports

Click below to keep track of all the latest Duke of Edinburgh’s Award news from Queen Anne’s.

Read reports of practice and qualifying expeditions and see photographs as our girls take on the elements as they strive to complete their awards.