Current Dorset Council DofE Centres

This lists where schools or groups are licensed with Dorset Council to deliver DofE.

After much consideration, and careful review, Dorset council have decided to step away from directly supporting the delivery of DofE across the county. Over the past 10 years many local authorities have made a similar decision, entrusting the support for their local centres to the charity directly. When the current licence for Dorset Council comes to an end, on August 31st 2024, the council team have decided to pass that direct support over to the DofE.

Where are they?

Links to each Centre, with their coordinators are below.

Open Award Centres, can enrol openly:

Wareham  1st and 3rd Sundays 5 – 8pm, BH20 4PH, Barry Ashdown 

Island Community Action – Portland. Katy Pascoe

Schools, academies and colleges, can only enrol their own students:

All Saints CE Academy, Weymouth Declan Croft

Beaminster School Rachael Randall 

Beaucroft Foundation School (SEN), Wimborne Diane Wilkinson 

Blandford School  Vicky Moore 

Budmouth Academy, Weymouth Mark Phipps

Dorset Studio School, Dorchester Kate O’Kelly

Ferndown Upper School Chris Martin

Gillingham School Belinda Pretorius

Gryphon School, Sherborne Geoff Cooke 

Lytchett Minster School  Lucie Popham 

Mountjoy School, Beaminster Kat Thurtle

Purbeck School, Wareham Charlotte Holden 

Queen Elizabeth’s School, Wimborne Alex Priest

Shaftesbury School  Michael Mottram

Swanage School Julia Tratt

Sir John Colfox School, Bridport Sam Temple 

Sturminster Newton High School Hannah Laidler 

Thomas Hardye School, Dorchester  Paul Norman

Westfield Arts College (SEN), Weymouth Jim Dailey 

Wey Valley Academy, Weymouth  Mark Salmon 

Woodroffe School, Lyme Regis  Zoe Trunks

Yewstock College (SEN), Sturminster Newton Benjamin Tun Pe 

Independent schools

Leweston, Sherborne  Elizabeth Haynes  

Milton Abbey  Richard Watts

Sherborne Girls  Jayne Dart 

Sherborne School  James Hull 

The benefits of doing DofE: one young person’s view and the skills for work gained.

Read the article in The Guardian (February 2016) which recommends including your DofE experiences on your CV