Download useful Assessor cards here… these also arrive with your Welcome Pack. They have useful information you can use to talk to your assessor for each section.
Reigate Grammar School has run DofE at Bronze, Silver and Gold levels continuously for over 50 years, one of the longest running and most successful DofE school units in the UK. Countless thousands of our students have benefitted from the challenge of the Award.
These pages are to help our students and parents navigate a successful Award.
Please use the links ABOVE to see pages designed to help participants.
6 groups completed their Gold dofe qualifying expedition in Mid Wales in mid august in outstanding dry sunny weather. Staff agreed that they were a delight to organise and supervise and we were really pleased with how they performed and especially with their cheerful and spirited approach to the whole venture. What a pleasure, thanks all.
Your assessors, John and Peter, were also happy with your technical performance and attitude and were delighted to pass all of you for whom this counted as qualifying. Don’t forget to complete the rest of your dofe now that you have done so well in the expedition section. You completed a verbal presentation at debrief so there is no need to do a write-up.
40 L6 Gold participants completed a navigation exercise on Leith Hill on Friday night. The six groups set off confidently, navigating to 8 check points in the forest where they removed markers to show they had completed each location. They were especially efficient and successful groups and, from this snapshot activity, things bode well for the Gold expeditions next year. Well done all!
30 L6 students completed their Gold qualifying expedition in Mid Wales. The weather was excellent and even the midges were tolerable. Groups performed well and were a delight to assist and supervise. Assessors were pleased with their progress and happy to pass all groups. Well done! Don’t forget to complete your reports and upload them to your edofe pages.
Two pioneering canoe groups from Reigate Grammar took an adventurous journey down the River Wye and Severn for their Gold canoe training and qualifying expeditions. They found it rewarding and challenging, on one occasion paddling over 45km in one day! They became a superb team together and the photos show what a great adventure they had. Well done all and I hope this encourages others to take up the amazing opportunity of canoeing for their DofE award scheme which is available as an expedition option for Bronze, Silver and Gold award groups.
Nearly 50 RGS students successfully completed their Gold qualifying hike 16-20 August in Mid Wales. A blustery storm warranting a severe weather warning for high wind started this expedition on a rather inclement note. 3 groups were re-routed below the summits for the first day due to gusts of 50mph forecast on a high route that would take them above 700m for most of the day on an exposed ridge. After the first day the weather was cool and breezy and a bit showery but ideal for walking and the groups rose to the challenge and performed well. Staff were most impressed with their positive spirit throughout the expedition and they were an especially pleasant and fun year group to assist through the challenge. Well done all! Thanks to all the staff and external leaders and assessors for your help with this expedition.
South Wales, Dan Yr Ogof: 4 groups (a small trip) set off on 4 days of training in mostly glorious weather. Routes included the east and west side of the valley, the shake holes above the camp providing excellent micro-nav practice on the second day. Thereafter, on day 3 groups set off over the Fan Hir and Garreg Las Black Mountain Ridges and descended into the Black Mountain camp site which has amazing views of the mountains. The final day saw groups trekking back to Dan Yr Ogof via the scarp slope. Navigation was generally OK, though some errors highlighted the need to focus on routes carefully, even in sunny weather. Had the cloud been down some groups would have had difficulties, so map and compass work still needs your full attention folks. Plenty of food and water is also needed, some forgot the basic requirement to feed and hydrate to keep going effectively and safely. Groups performed very well and were a fun bunch, so well done you!
A huge thanks to all the RGS staff: Miss Hancock, Mr Welch and Mr Newman and a special big thanks to our external leaders Paul and Becs and Pete and John.
Elizabeth Rizzini, UK Met Office meteorologist and BBC weather presenter, presented our students with their DofE Awards last night at our annual award evening here at Reigate Grammar School. Lizzie gave an inspiring talk after presenting awards to hundreds of our students including 27 Gold Awards.
Simon Elson, our conservation day organiser from Reigate Area Conservation Volunteers, was our special guest who was there so that we could formally thank him and his team for years of outstanding outdoor education in modern local conservation.
U6 Gold Award holders gave outstanding speeches about their experiences. Very well done to the eight brave souls who gave extremely impressive and inspiring accounts of their DofE experiences: Will Appleyard, George Brill, Hugo Evans, Claire Forster, Laura Mak, Matthew Norman, Emily Ruiz and Charlotte Ward.
This year four L6 Gold students ran the entire evening and they did it superbly! Alanah Sheridan, Emma Findlater, Katy Welsh and Rosie Stanley hosted the event from start to finish and also organised displays and running order beforehand. They were pioneers of this new style of student-run event and it shows how RGS students will rise to any challenge. Well done, outstanding. They also joined DofE staff for dinner with Lizzie Rizzini afterwards.
We hope parents and students enjoyed this special evening and congratulations again to all those students for being so determined to get their award and thanks to parents for the support as well.