Leeds West Academy


Duke of Edinburgh

Leeds West Academy are delighted to say that it is now a registered centre for the Duke of Edinburgh Award and are proud to have secured a free place for every Y9 and Y10 in current 20/21 cohort.

What is The Duke of Edinburgh Award?

The Duke of Edinburgh Award is an internationally recognised award that provides students opportunities to develop their skills and qualities. All students are given time to develop their sense of identity and responsibility which in turn improves their confidence and self-belief. They are also encouraged to build on their leadership skills and understand how to problem solve and work as a team. This in turn enhances their level of independence, empowering students to become a positive role model for the future.

How does it work?

Students enroll onto The Duke of Edinburgh Award through LWA and receive an introductory pack that will guide you through the process of completing tasks and recording evidence. Students can achieve over time their Bronze, Silver and Gold Award.

Starting with the Bronze Award you will spend at least three months engaging in the following activities:

  • Volunteering in your community
  • Learning a new skill or pursuing a new hobby
  • Taking part in physical recreation

Students Own your DofE and create your own personal programme of activities: helping others, pushing yourself physically, gaining skills and in the future months, going on a residential/expedition. 

Parents and Carers Young people are responsible for creating and doing their own DofE programmes, but parents and carers can play an important role in supporting them. If you are new to DofE, check out the basic info and FAQs on the Duke of Edinburgh website

DofE Expedition Update 2021

After many months of uncertainty, it is a fantastic feeling to confirm that our group of committed students who have managed to continue their Duke of Edinburgh skills, volunteering, and physical activities over months of national lockdown, will be completing their expedition before the end of the academic year.

On the weekend of 17th and 18th July, 23 students across Year 9 and Year 10 will walk roughly 14km to the Bramhope camp site, before returning the following day. These students have completed some outstanding work towards their Bronze Award, from cooking to daily walks, learning new languages to supporting vulnerable neighbours. It will be a hugely enjoyable weekend, rewarding students for their hard work and commitment by participating in the expedition and achieving their Bronze Award in full.

Since Easter, students have been preparing for the expedition, taking part in team building activities, learning how to read a map and the importance of providing accurate directions. Before half term, students will be planning their route for both legs of the journey, identifying suitable walking routes, and avoiding any potential hazards. Following half term, students will then learn how to pitch a tent, use the cooking equipment, and create a food menu which they will follow and cook on the expedition.

Each Bronze expedition must have an expedition aim and for this, our students have opted to devise a game of bingo. On the outward leg of the journey, teams will identify over a dozen items they pass, focussing on nature, the environment and even architecture. It will be the job of a different group to then spot all of these items on the returning walk, taking pictures of each one and prizes being awarded for the group that manages to locate the most. To support this wonderful group of students, we are privileged to have a large number of staff willing to volunteer their time to attend the expedition over the full weekend. Staff will ensure that students are safe, remaining on the correct route, negotiating any hazards appropriately and most of all enjoy their experience.

The expedition is an exciting opportunity for our students, and I am sure they will reflect on their DofE experience as one of the highlights of their time in school. The completion of the Bronze Award will no doubt have a positive and influential impact on the journey of our students after Leeds West Academy. I look forward to providing you with an update after the expedition.

If students require any support with their DofE Award or any parents wish to contact me regarding our Duke of Edinburgh offer, please email livingston.a@whiteroseacademies.org or call the academy on 0113 229 5454. Alternatively, you can contact me via Class Charts.

Thank you,

Mr Livingston
Teacher of PE

Read all about how our expedition went here

How do you enroll and get started?

To enroll and to get full details get in touch with Mr Livingston livingston.a@whiteroseacademies.org 

You will then get your log-in details which you will receive via email. There are more details on how to set up your Duke of Edinburgh account here.

Ideas for Covid-Safe Activities

Due to the current climate, you be unable to complete your tasks and activities by completing outdoor activities normally available to you.

However, to ensure that all students can fulfill their Bronze Award, Duke of Edinburgh have given lots of ideas to help support you in completing the award at home. Please see the ideas below:

Volunteering Physical Skill

Helping others at home 

PE with Joe Wicks

English with David Walliams

Missing Maps

Trampolining Music Lessons with Myleene Class
Keeping in touch with vulnerable neighbours

Jogging (e.g. Strava)


Raising cause awareness

Army Fit

First Aid - St John’s 

Leonard Cheshire

Cycling iDEA online 

Volunteer for BeMyEyes

Home workouts – Search YouTube e.g. 10 min workout each day Playing an instrument

Community Care

Wii Fit Vlogging

Help with providing meals for the community

Online Zumba lessons DIY

Become an age UK digital buddy

Yoga (Youtube – Yoga with Adrian) Tabletop Gaming / Board Games / Gaming

Loving Hands 

Fitness challenges (e.g. 100 press up challenge, plank challenge, step challenge) Painting

Volunteer to translate

Learn a martial art

Learn sign language

Gardening and the Environment


Reading and book reviews 

Knitting / Crochet hats for premature born babies

Dance with Oti Mabuse  

Science and Nature with Maddie Moate and Gregg

Peer Education

Sport skills e.g. keepy uppy, dribbling, Basketball, Netball, Volleyball skills…

Maths with Carol Vorderman (mathsfactor.com)

Animal Welfare


Cooking, Baking or Food Tech with Jamie Oliver  

Communication - Teaching and using social media positively to contact your vulnerable friends and family. Writing letters

Table Tennis 

 Performing Arts – Singing, Drama, Puppetry, Circus Skills

Sports Leadership – Design and run sports classes (online or for your family)

 Improve fitness  - doing many difference activities

 Science and Technology, STEM

LWA Staff Quotes 

Here at Leeds West Academy, staff are super excited about the launch of The Duke of Edinburgh Award and are keen to be involved and supporting of the students  -

‘DofE is your time to stand out from the crowd on your CV and develop life skills. You will have an experience like no other, you will learn survival skills, improve your physical skills, give something back to the community. It's your time to work on your independence skills, explore and work as a team. My favourite part though is that you get to make life long friends and have an adventure at the same time. Not to mention the expedition where you get to cook on a Trangia and camp. It's lots of fun so get involved.’ Mrs Harrison


‘For me, the Duke of Edinburgh’s award really built my confidence.  The different sections were all challenging and rewarding in their own way, but the real highlight was the expedition.  To be expected to travel through beautiful scenery, be completely self-sufficient, navigate, cook, camp and work as a team was an awesome experience for a 14 year old.  After progressing all the way to Gold award standard, travelling to St James Palace in London to receive my award from the Duke of Edinburgh himself was the culmination of years of enjoyable, rewarding hard work.’ Mr Stalford

Useful Links

More information can be found on the Duke of Edinburgh official website - www.dofe.org