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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 on 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.

Our Directly Licensed Centre plaque is displayed with pride.


We are challenging ourselves by taking part in the DofE Adventure, hiking 25km in one day in the Peak District to raise funds to help more young people benefit from the DofE. The money raised by DofE is fedback to our school in the form of training for staff to keep us up to date and with support for students who might not be able to afford to do DofE. We spend a lot of the summer out supporting our students on expedition but in reality do not walk that far, and certainly not carrying kit. Completing the DofE adventure will be both a challenge and a reward. We just hope it is dry! 


On Wednesday 8th December we held a webinar for Year 9 students and families. Please use the links below to access the recording and slides from the event.

8.12.21 Recording

8.12.21 Slides



Please see below for our up-to-date information video, The Duke of Edinburgh's Bronze Award: Information for Parents 20/21:


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