Duke of Edinburgh Awards

COVID-19 Update

Following government advice, the expeditions planned for June/July will not now go ahead. They will be rescheduled once we are back in school and have been able to liaise with the campsites regarding their availability.

As some students had not accrued the required hours to complete their sections, the DofE have updated their activities list with activities that can be carried out at home whilst the government advice is to stay at home.   Please find the list below:

Updated Activity List



We are very excited about an amazing opportunity for students in Year 9 and Year 10 to take part in the bronze and silver Duke of Edinburgh awards.

NEWS FROM 2019-2020

The Duke of Edinburgh Award will be launched with Year 9 and Year 10 students in assemblies in the week commencing 30th September 2019. The enrolment form needs to be completed and returned to Student Reception with the £25 registration fee by Friday 18th October 2019.  Letters can be collected from Student Reception or downloaded here:

Duke of Edinburgh Bronze 2019 Duke of Edinburgh Silver 2019



NEWS FROM 2018-2019

Duke of Edinburgh Training comes to Airedale Academy

The academy’s first cohort of DofE students had their first official training session on Tuesday 23 April. Jane, our Operations Officer from the Duke of Edinburgh scheme, trained the students in the different aspects of how to be successful on an expedition. The training included: reading a map, taking bearings with a compass, designing a meal plan, packing rucksacks properly, pitching tents, using a stove safely and planning routes to name but a few skills.    

The training does not end here though, as students will be going out to Fairburn Ings in early May to put their skills into practice, navigating around the public footpaths and bridleways into the evening. 

After this, the Year 9 bronze students will be out on an expedition at the beginning of July at Silverwood Campsite in Silkstone for their qualifying expedition. During the expedition, students will walk north to Cannon Hall followed by a walk to the south on day two. 

Silver students in Year 10 will be taking part in their practice expedition in June, again at Silverwood Campsite, before completing their three-day, two-night expedition walking from Bolton Abbey to Curly Hill on day one; Curly Hill to Bramhope over Ilkley Moor on day two and finishing day three with a circular loop of Bramhope.

Good luck to all our intrepid explorers!




Intrepid Duke of Edinburgh Team Conquer British Weather and Fairburn Ings

Wednesday 8th May saw the first of three 7km training walks around Fairburn Ings for our DofE adventurers. Students had to navigate from Fairburn Ings to Ledsham and then Ledston before finally making their way back to the nature reserve. The students were fantastic at navigating and already there are some natural leaders emerging. Students put their theory training session into practice, learning how to walk along roads with no path safely, how to identify rights of way, footpaths, bridleways, how to relocate themselves if they are lost, how to take a bearing and how to take a 6-figure grid reference. Spirits were high despite the incredible downpour that soaked the team. Well done to our intrepid explorers; they have set the bar high!



Duke of Edinburgh Training Walks Complete! 10th May 2019

All the Duke of Edinburgh award students have completed their 7km navigational walk around Fairburn Ings and the surrounding areas of Ledsham and Ledston. The students have done remarkably well with this intensive course in map-reading and navigating. The route included walking along roads, through a farmer's field, between barns and through the woods, so students are fully prepared for their qualifying walks later in June/July. Students have also been tested with the typical British weather, which lashed down Wednesday and parts of Thursday. The weather relented on Friday but was still muddy from the previous days' downpours. A huge well done to all the students that took part and thank you to the staff who volunteered their time; good luck to everyone taking part in the qualifying expeditions!