Beckfoot Trust is an organisation that links a group of local Bradford schools together so that they can collectively improve the life chances for young people within their schools. Our aim is to create a group of truly remarkable schools each with a genuine comprehensive intake. They will be wonderful places for young people to learn and grow up in. We want to make a difference. We want to create something special.




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Students & Learning

Duke Of Edinburgh

My name is Mr Troughton ( and I am the Duke of Edinburgh manager here at Beckfoot Thornton.

DofE-Logo-2008What is the Duke of Edinburgh’s award?

The Duke of Edinburgh’s award is the world’s leading youth achievement award.  For the past seven decades, the charity has inspired and transformed the lives of millions of young people from all walks of life. From volunteering to physical activities, life skills to expeditions, achieving a DofE award is a passport to a brighter future, valued by employers and universities.  There are three levels of programme you can do which, when successfully completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. The main differences between them are the minimum length of time they take to complete, how challenging they are and the minimum age you can start.

Which years can do this?

The Bronze award is for students in Year 9. They have to complete activities across three sections; Volunteering, Skills and Physical. Students have to spend one hour a week on each section for three months, with an additional three months on one section of their choice.  The Expedition is two days/one night and takes place in the Summer Term.

The Expedition section is usually the most rewarding part of the award scheme, as pupils plan, lead and are responsible for themselves during this part.  They will undergo a Training Expedition and an Assessed Expedition.

More details can be found at


  • Enrolment: £25 (goes direct to the charity)
  • Expedition: £10 per day (estimated)