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Harlington Upper School

Duke of Edinburgh

Harlington Upper School has been running the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme for several  years and is now a Directly Licensed Centre (DLC) as we hold a licence to deliver DofE programmes to young people on our own premises.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is a challenging community programme which will help you to learn new skills, help others and experience adventure. It is very highly regarded by employers and further education establishments and will give you an enormous sense of achievement. The good news is there are no exams and you cannot fail!  The award is about having a go. It is not a competition – you just need a bit of enterprise and perseverance. What is important is that you show commitment whatever level of award you undertake.

The award is open to anyone at Harlington Upper School between the ages of 14 and 25. Special qualifications are not needed. We offer all levels of Award – Bronze, Silver and Gold. 

For each level the participants need to complete activities in four separate sections. These are Skills, Physical Recreation, Volunteering and Expeditions. Gold students are also required to go on a Residential Project (usually a period of 4 nights away from home).  It is up to you what you do. In each section there is a wide range of options from which you can choose. Indeed some of the activities you currently do may count towards the award.

Students are offered the opportunity to do their expeditions either by walking (locally in Bedfordshire, in the Peak District, in the Lake District and in Snowdonia) canoeing (River Ouse, River Wye, River Nene – subject to supervisor availability) or by Mountain Bike (locally in Bedfordshire, the Chiltern Hills, South Wales or in the Peak District).

For further information contact Mr Golding, Duke of Edinburgh Award Manager, or visit the DofE website       Also see the Expedition Approval Policy for D of E Expeditions on Foot


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