with Claire Foulkes (Teacher of Geography)

The DofE is a leading youth Charity giving all young people aged 14-24 the chance to develop skills for life and work, fulfil their potential and have a brighter future.  At Paston we are giving our young people the opportunity to complete their Silver Award and then start their Gold.  Alternatively a young person can start their award as a direct Gold candidate.

The award consists of 4 sections; physical, volunteering, skills and an expedition.  Gold candidates also complete a residential too.  It takes a minimum of 6-12 months to complete the silver and a minimum of 12-18 months to finish the gold.  So a young person should be able to complete either award during their time as a student here.

A completed DofE award is highly regarded by universities as it shows a strong level of commitment, determination and great team work.  By completing the DofE you`ll be learning new skills, you`ll be making a difference in your local community, challenging yourself and finding hidden talents!

This year we have a number of students working towards their silver or gold award.  In the Easter holidays 3 students, Freya Boswell, Laura Clabon and Pippa Waite (gold award), travelled to the south of the county to complete a practice expedition.  They had to prove they were competent navigators by planning and completing a strenuous hike while carrying a 65 litre ruck-sac, cook over a tangier and pitch camp.  Pippa was planning her route for her gold expedition to Snowdonia.  Most importantly each student was working with a team of other candidates they had never met before.  

Other students are currently working on their other activities.  We have students completing activities as wide ranging as working towards their dancing or music grading, volunteering with Cub Scouts to environmental management.  The choice is endless!

For more information speak to Claire Foulkes, DofE Coordinator for Paston College.  Details are also available from the DofE website:   http://www.dofe.org/