Reigate Grammar School DofE

Code of conduct and rules for RGS expeditions

Here are some documents which outline important rules and expectations required to pass RGS DofE expeditions.  RGS runs the largest, longest running and most successful DofE programme of any school in the country.  Our DofE unit is rated as exceptional.  We can only do this by expecting the highest standards from our participants to keep everyone safe on our expeditions in all circumstances.  Please read these documents and contact Mr Collins at school if you are unsure about anything.  Participants are made aware of these documents at various stages of their expedition preparation.

Safety is the number one priority and the rules and expectations have been developed over many years operating countless expeditions to achieve the safest and most successful outcome for everyone involved in RGS expeditions.

DofE staff make the decision on whether groups have passed an expedition. Groups are trained and observed by experienced staff continuously from start to finish through the expedition process. Groups are observed by staff before the expedition in the planning stages. Staff also work with groups during the expedition, meeting them at check points, hiking out to remotely supervise or assess them, often unobserved, and staff also camp with or near groups overnight (depending on award level).  Finally, groups are  debriefed at the end.  We have a comprehensive picture of how groups progress and we get to know them well.

Of course, we expect there to be errors such as getting lost or other mistakes and these are important for groups to  learn from and improve.  Most groups who plan properly and are fit and prepared for their expedition readily rise to the challenge and even enjoy the experience!

However, unfortunately groups or individuals sometimes have to be deferred.  Deferral means they are required to repeat an expedition to pass and go onto the next stage.  Deferral is not a punishment but a chance to improve on one or more of the aspects or expectations noted above to show they can operate safely and independently within the guidelines and expectations.

Please note that, while we keep costs to a minimum, there may be a cost involved if Approved Activity Providers require an expedition to be repeated.