At Hartsdown we believe that education cannot be confined to the classroom. Education must include opportunities to take you out of your comfort zone to test your resilience physically and mentally. To do things you have never done before.

Duke Of Edinburgh

At Hartsdown every child has the opportunity to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award. DofE is about helping you along the path to a productive and prosperous future. Achieving the Award gives our students skills, confidence and an edge over others when they apply for college, university or a job.

Beyond academic achievements, universities want to see evidence of so called ‘soft skills’ that have been developed through extra-curricular activities, such as communication, commitment, leadership and teamwork. The DofE Award is a fantastic way to demonstrate and evidence these skills in practice.

DofE Award also allows students to make a difference to other people’s lives and your community, be fitter and healthier, make new friends and have memories to last a lifetime.


We regularly take students to Wales where children have a range of activities including climbing, hiking and kayaking. For many students this is their first experience of outward bound activities.