Duke of Edinburgh Award

The Duke of Edinburgh Award is a nationally recognised award, focusing on improving the participant's knowledge of the outdoors, confidence, problem solving and communication skills.

The programme is delivered by staff from Cedars Academy and Gateshead Kestrels in partnership with specialist instructors from WinG (Way Out In Gateshead).

Students are given the opportunity to develop existing and learn new skills, while creating positive relationships with peers. The Award allows pupils to succeed away from the academic setting, facing challenges in an alternative environment.

 The award is broken into four sections:

  • Volunteering
  • Skill
  • Physical
  • Expedition

This year we have 22 students enrolled on the programme, across Bronze, Silver and Gold Award - on programmes ranging from a total length of six to eighteen months. 

This year the group activities are:

DoE Bronze Expedition: cycling and camping on Derwent Cycle Way, Durham.

DoE Silver Expedition: walking and camping on Hadrian’s Wall, Northumberland.

DoE Gold Expedition: canoeing and camping on the River Tweed, Borders, Scotland.


The Award is for Key Stage 4 and 5 students only. However, for younger students in Key Stage 2 we deliver The John Muir Award in preparation for the DofE Award.