Duke of Edinburgh



What’s it all about?

This nationally recognised award scheme has been running for over 50 years with 2016 being the 60th year!; the aim is to help young people plan and undertake their own programme of activities to develop mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually.
It’s not just about walking over Dartmoor!
The award is equally about learning new skills, assisting others and carrying out activities that they enjoy. It is leveled at bronze, silver and gold.

What are the benefits?
The award will bring out the best in young people in a non-competitive environment; here are some of the benefits;
• Self – belief
• Self – confidence
• Personal development
• Learn new skills
• Teamwork
• Awareness of potential
• Have some fun!

Who is eligible to enrol?

Anyone in Year 9 – 13

What do you have to do?

Each level has the following sections;
Volunteering – to encourage service to individuals and the community, it could include activities such as helping out at after school clubs or St John’s Ambulance i.e. helping others
Skills – to encourage personal interests, social and practical skills, this could include learning to play a new musical instrument, fashion design, fly fishing, ICT, juggling or drama
Physical Recreation – to encourage participation and improvement in physical activity, could include activities like surfing, sailing, mountain biking, dance or yoga
Expedition – to encourage the spirit of adventure, this section involves a 2 day walk with an overnight stay at Bronze level, longer for Silver and Gold

How long does it take?

Assuming you spent about an hour a week carrying out the awards activities it should take about:
Bronze 6 – 9 months
Silver 9- 12 month
Gold 18 months

How do I get started?

For further information please contact Mrs Lynn Trotter, Headteacher’s PA on 01752 812511 ext. 257. Please note DofE training is no longer undertaken at Torpoint Community College.



DofE News

DofE EXPEDITIONS UPDATE Academic Year 2016/17


Leanne Andrews, a former student at Torpoint Community College (TCC) (pictured below with Mrs Trotter the DofE Manager at TCC), met with the Duke of Edinburgh at St James Palace on 18th November to receive her Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.  The Gold Award Presentation (GAP) is a unique event and a fitting culmination to mark the hard work, determination and perseverance required to achieve this level of the Award.


Leanne is Torpoint’s first Gold Award achiever and one of only 35% who actually participate at this level, to go on and achieve the Award.

Leanne has worked tirelessly over the last 2 years, whilst still at the College and studying for exams, taking part in activities such as volunteering for her local Youth Club in Torpoint, being a crew member in the Tall Ships Race and more recently, completing a 4 day expedition in the Brecon Beacons.  What makes Leanne even more special is that she raised all of the funds herself to be able to take part in these events, no easy task!

The experiences that Leanne has gained by doing her DofE will have a lasting impact on her life and will have adapted her with great skills needed for life.  Leanne is now starting her second year at Winchester University and we know that she will shine in whatever path she wishes to take.

As Leanne has achieved so much and worked so hard, she was also given a unique experience by the local MP, Sheryll Murray.  Sheryll gave Leanne and her mother a guided tour around Parliament prior to the Award Ceremony – what a day for her to remember!


The College and the whole of Torpoint are extremely proud of Leanne – a huge well done from us all!


Assemblies took place in October to show TCC students how enjoyable taking part in this Award can be.  Following these assemblies, 12 students have already completed their enrolment forms (1 Gold and 11 Bronze) and many more have taken forms home wishing to enrol.  Please may I remind those students wishing to take part in this great opportunity to return their enrolment forms to me (Mrs Trotter) no later than Friday 21st November, sooner if possible!  Those who have already enrolled and paid, registration details and packs will be given to you week commencing 24th November.

During the assemblies, I was honoured to hand out Silver Certificates and Pins to 5 Silver Award achievers, who successfully completed their Award this summer, Tom Hicks, Eleanor Rendle, Nicole Brisley, Sam Richards and (by post) Aaron Cullerton.  These students should be very proud of themselves, they have worked extremely hard and I feel privileged to have been able to share some of their journey with them, as is Mrs Porter – as I said in the assembly, “no matter how much money you have, you cannot buy the Certificate and Pins, they have to be earned!!  Well done all of you and may we take this opportunity of wishing Tom, Eleanor and Nicole all the best in TCC Sixth Form, good luck to Sam who has now joined the Navy and also best of luck to Aaron who is undertaking an apprenticeship at Princess Yachts, you are all Superstars!

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We are also extremely proud of our first Gold Award achiever, Leanne Andrews – what a huge achievement – Leanne took part in such things as the Tall Ships Race for her residential, she volunteered at Torpoint Children’s Centre for her Volunteering Section and for her expedition, she joined students from Treviglas Community College on the Brecon Beacons for 4 days and 3 nights and I know from experience how unforgiving the Brecon Beacons can be, even in the Summer!  Leanne is now at Winchester University and we wish her all the very best for the future.

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A huge well done also goes to the following students who received Sectional Certificates for completing parts of their Bronze Award this year – James Fortt (3 sections), Matt Jenkins (3 sections), Lisa Smyth (2 sections), Kaitlin Hirst (2 sections), Nate White (2 sections), Lucy Hallard (3 sections) and William Milliner (3 sections).  The Bronze qualifying expedition for those who have already completed the practice expedition (great pictures below!) will be in the Looe/Polperro area on 28th and 29th March 2015.

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