This form is to be filled out by parents of DofE participants.
Please read the important information about the Award and then fill out this form fully if you wish your child to participate in Runnymede's DofE International Award Programme. There are six short sections as outlined here:
Please note that by completing this form, you are confirming your child's participation in the programme and agreeing to pay the non-refundable annual fee (outlined in Section 5 of this form).
The DofE International Award is the largest international youth programme in the world, with over 1.3 million global participants. We’re proud to offer this fantastic and worthwhile extra-curricular programme to Runnymede pupils in Year 10, Year 11 and in the Sixth Form.
There are four sections to complete at Bronze and Silver level and five sections at Gold level. They involve helping the community/environment, becoming fitter, developing new skills, and planning, training for and completing two expeditions. These expeditions will take place in the spring term and the summer term.
Through the DofE International Award, young people have fun, make friends, improve their self-esteem and build confidence. They gain essential skills and attributes for work and life such as resilience, problem-solving, team-working, communication and drive, enhancing CVs as well as university and job applications. Top employers in the UK and elsewhere recognise the work-ready skills DofE Award holders can bring to their business.
The DofE staff at Runnymede will facilitate all participants in working towards their goals and achieving their Awards. Fortnightly training sessions about map-reading & navigation, camping skills, first aid and cooking will help prepare participants for the two annual expeditions. And the Online Record Book provides a convenient way for participants to record their weekly volunteering, sporting and other commitments that count towards achieving their Award.
It is very important to remember that your child’s DofE Award programme will be designed by them - they must choose what to do for their volunteering, skills development and physical exercise every week. Likewise, they must show motivation and determination in completing their Award. At the very core of the Award’s philosophy is the belief that young people must be empowered and entrusted to achieve the Award for themselves. Therefore, only they (not school staff or parents) must take responsibility for it. Attendance at all meetings and in both expeditions is also essential.
At the very core of the Award’s philosophy is the belief that young people must be empowered and entrusted to achieve the Award for themselves. Therefore, only they (not school staff or parents) must take responsibility for it. Attendance at all meetings and in both expeditions is absolutely essential.
Plenty more parental information about the International DofE Award can be found on our school website and in the DofE official websites, all listed below. Additionally, if you require any further clarification on anything to do with the programme, please feel free to email us at
Having read about the Award, please provide the following details for your child to participate in the Award programme:
Please be as specific as possible.
For the purposes of planning and going on our expeditions, we must have the following documentation on record for each participant. Please make sure you upload a clear photo/scan of the front and back of each document required below.
Runnymede College DofE award annual participation fees, 2023-24:
Please note that this is one single fee per participant that will cover the cost of the entire length of the programme. This fee is non-refundable upon submission of this form. This is because the school must pay a registration fee to the DofE Foundation for every child before they can enrol online and commence their programme using the Online Record Book (ORB).
This fee includes the following:
Note: This fee does not include the total cost of the Gold Award Qualifying Expedition, which Year 12 participants will plan themselves. The price of this trip will depend on the participants’ choice of destination and associated travel costs etc, and will be finalised later in the school year.
Please read the following carefully and indicate your agreement and consent by ticking each box:
Please tick each of these boxes in order to demonstrate your understanding of the programme and the risks involved, and to give your consent for your child to take part in the programme and expeditions.
Please read the following carefully and indicate your agreement and consent by ticking each box.
Please sign and date this form by typing your full name, email address and today’s date here: