The Duke of Edinburgh Award will be restarting in Autumn 2022.

Please keep an eye on the school website and Twitter page for updates.


The Duke of Edinburgh’s award is a well-regarded programme that allows young people to participate in a range of activities and events over three different levels, between the ages of 14-24. The course provides opportunities to develop skills, volunteer, and improve physical fitness, as well as plan and undertake an overnight expedition.

It introduces young people to exciting, positive, challenging and enjoyable things to do in their free time. It encourages friendships amongst those taking part and across the generations, with adults who give up time to share skills and help organise the programme.

The scheme works through a four section programme at three levels. At West Hill we are able to facilitate the Bronze award (6 months commitment for year 9 pupils) and the Silver (12 months commitment for year 10 pupils). We also support pupils who wish to continue on to the Gold award after leaving West Hill.

As well as the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, the Outdoor Education department offers annual adventure activity trips in Europe, where pupils learn how to to windsurf, kayak, body board and sail, along with developing mountain biking skills. 

Since 2011, the school have been on several international expeditions, visiting Kenya, Borneo and Uganda, led by staff from Camps International. Life on the expeditions places pupils in situations that cannot be replicated in the classroom, providing pupils with opportunities to develop skills that will be valuable to them in many areas of their lives. They are able to contribute to very rewarding and important community and wildlife projects that allow them to take on new challenges and gain a better understanding of what they can achieve individually and in a team.


Create and personalise your own DofE Expedition Kit using your mobile or computer.

  • • Update what you need to borrow and buy throughout your expedition planning.
  • • Find and buy DofE Recommended Kit products
  • • Check off what you have packed
  • • Print out your list, or email and share with your parents, friends or DofE Leader

For more information about the Outdoor Education offered at West Hill, please contact Mr Lawton ( or Mr Carty (

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