Links to our Community

Gillingham Duke of Edinburgh


The DofE is all about going the extra mile – gaining new skills, pushing yourself physically, helping others and exploring new territories. At the same time, you’ll gather friendships, experiences and memories that will last a lifetime.

It doesn’t matter who you are or where you’re from, as long as you’re Yr 9 to 24, you can choose the activities that motivate you and go on your own personal journey. We know from other participants that the DofE helps you stand out from the crowd when you apply for college, university or jobs.

Award levels and timings

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: Bronze in Yr9; Silver, Yr10; Gold, 16. So long as you are the minimum age you can start at any level.

DofE Award sections

Adventurous, caring, sporty, creative… however you might describe yourself, the DofE is for you. Take a look at the Award sections below to start planning your own personal and unique journey.





Residential (for Gold DofE participants only)

Visit the Gillingham D of E website to find out more information on how you can take part. 

​Links with Local Employers

Developing the employability skills of our students is really important and we look to our partners in the world of work to help us achieve this. Our Year 10 and 12 students undertake a compulsory work experience placement using both local employers and some further afield.

We have an annual Next Steps Careers Fair for our Year 11 and Sixth Form students with more than 45 organisations attending including: employers, further education colleges, universities, gap year enterprises and education providers for apprenticeships who give up their time to support this event and talk to students about their future opportunities. We have particularly strong links with J P Morgan, who come in to school to do mock interviews and welcome our Year 12 students on a visit to their operations in Bournemouth.

We are a member of the Dorset Young Chamber, which supported by Dextra, forges links between the school and local employers which includes inspirational speakers and visits to local companies.

We are also signed up to the Careers and Enterprise Company and are awaiting the appointment of our own Enterprise Advisor who will be member of the local business community and who will work very closely with the school in its endeavours to link learning in school to the future prospects of its students.

Links with Local Churches

Gillingham School has strong and developing links with local Christian ministers, including those from the Anglican (St. Mary’s), Baptist, Roman Catholic and Community Churches across our catchment community. Each year group has an allocated chaplain from a local church who is available to take occasional assemblies, lead small group sessions and support individuals during times of need.

In addition, our Personal, Spiritual and Religious Education (PSRE) Department uses the expertise of local clergy to support the delivery of the curriculum, for example by arranging guided trips to places of worship or by asking religious leaders to visit the school for a question-and-answer session with students on topics such as religious traditions or social justice.

Links with Local Sports Clubs 

We are most fortunate to have over 100 local clubs willing to support our youngsters in their sporting development. Many of these clubs use our facilities, which makes our Primary and Secondary students feel really at home and some run school based clubs including Archery and Basketball.

The local Bowls club teach our Year 8 students the basic skills and etiquette of the game during PE lessons and organise and sponsor the hard fought Boys v Girls match!

Local Sport Clubs Links

Links with Local Youth Clubs

At Gillingham school we strongly encourage the development of our students in all aspects of life. We are very grateful for the support of a wide range of organisations that enrich the education of our students in community-based activities. 

If you are a parent, guardian or student interested in getting involved, the attached initial points of contact are the current details that we have on record. We hope that you find this helpful, but please note that listing on this page does not imply a responsibility by the school – each organisation will have their own safeguarding and safety procedures.

A useful information page is the Dorset Family Information Directory which can be found at:

Dorset Family Information Directory

Contact Details of Local Youth Organisations  

Links for Mental Health

Connection Mental Health Helpline - 24/7