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Did you know? Varndean was the first state school in Brighton and Hove to become a Directly Licensed DofE Centre

The Duke of Edinburgh award scheme provides an incredible opportunity for building students’ resilience, teamwork, independence, preparedness, commitment and community spirit, which is why we consider it to be such an important aspect of our curriculum offer.

Entry onto the scheme is totally inclusive and we are proud to be one of the largest centres for DofE in the South East, with record numbers of students completing their Bronze and Silver Awards year on year.

There rarely seems to be a weekend go by without one group or another out in the Sussex Downs on a practice DofE Expedition or final assessment.

One of the lasting effects that we see from the course is that many students decide to continue with their community work long after they have completed their DofE because they find it so rewarding.

What do the students say?

Read about DofE from a student's perspective in local newspaper, The Argus' article: DofE Bronze students made the news in October. 

We are also delighted to announce that in November we received a certificate acknowledging the 1195 hours of volunteering our 2015-16 cohort of DofE students undertook in their community, with an estimated social value of £4445. What an achievement!

We have also been presented with a Directly Licensed Centre plaque and it is displayed with pride.

What's on?

On Thursday 23rd March we had a DofE Awards Evening held at school. We were fortunate and grateful to have Lord Lieutenant Peter Field once again presenting the awards.