Leeds West Academy


Duke of Edinburgh - LWA

Leeds West Academy are delighted to have secured a FREE place for every student in Year 9 on The Duke of Edinburgh Award!

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 Year 9 student! In spring term 202, we will be launching the award and ensuring that all Year 9 students have the opportunity to start working towards their Bronze Award this year.

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. To enroll you will require a log-in which you will receive via email. Support to help you set up your eDofE account can be found by clicking here. 

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 DofE website. 

Duke of Edinburgh Award Spring Term 2020

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

Bronze Award Programme

 All students in Year 9 will be invited to enroll for their Bronze Award at the start of this term. Please see key dates for this programme below:

April 6th

Enrolment opens, students receive their log-in details, information for students will be available through the ‘Class Charts’ App.

April 13th

All information now available for all students on electronic system. A rolling program of ideas and activities available on a weekly basis.

April 24th

Enrolment deadline – all students to be enrolled and begin working on their completing their skills

April 20th

Evidence of sessions recorded on eDofE by staff to commence assessment

June 15th

All sessions for the volunteering, physical and skill sections to be completed and recorded on eDofE by students

June 22nd

Support plans will be available for students and parents on how to start their Expedition training

September 10th

Expedition plans - TBA

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