Silver training expedition July 2014


68 students trekked 30 miles over the North Downs from Dorking to… Dorking!  The groups went via the North Downs (chalk) towards Guildford, camping at the stunning Chantries camp.  They then crossed the clay vale to the extensive Heaths and woods of the Greensand Hills (Greensand) to Peaslake and Holmbury St Mary to a farm camp site under the south slope.  The final day saw them trekking over the summit of Leith Hill back towards Dorking, finishing at North Holmwood.  Weather was good, warm and dry and most groups avoided the worst downpours on the last day, finishing around midday.  Well done all, good hiking with most groups improving their navigation.

Silver DofE Practice June 2013

81 students completed their Silver training expedition June 30- July 2. In 3 days they walked over 30 miles in beautifully dry weather over the North Downs and Surrey Hills. Navigation was easy on Day1, following the North Downs Way, but proved more tricky for several groups on the route over Blackheath and the Surrey Hills on Day 2. Group speeds varied with some arriving at camp in the early afternoon, whilst others took their time and arrived 6 hours later!  No real problem in summertime but please remember that sticking closely to ETAs is important to qualify and it is not a race…  accurate navigation is the goal; if your group is going to be late to a checkpoint then call your supervisor and rearrange things.

This group was one of the most affable and spirited Silver training group of recent years. Well done and keep it up!

Silver practice expedition

4th years:

Meet RYKAS Cafe, nr Dorking on A24: Sunday 9 or 10am depending on your start time.

Check with staff before departure: be ready for full traffic lights check before departure.

Groups finish Tuesday (from 11pm-ish) North Holmwood village, south of Dorking off A24.

Parent pick ups from this location.

Bring all usual kit but especially prepare for sun and warm weather Sunday: sun cream and sun hat required.

Visit training pages for more advice

UV levels

Award Presentation evening: thanks for coming!

Thank you to students, parents,. friends and governors for coming to the RGS  award presentation evening on Friday.  It was great to see so many students getting their awards.

The highlight was our 4 excellent Gold Award speakers: thanks to Luke, Hannah, Harriet and Jess for their inspiring talks.

well done – wear your badges at school with pride!


this week:


5th Year silver meeting concert hall 4-5pm

Bridge course silver 4-5pm. Room 12

3rd Year bronze: MUST register on eDofE; meet your Award Leader anytime this week for final expedition organisation.

Kit store opens this week to collect your kit: you must check it.

please note: 3rd form Conservation Day this term is WRONG in the calendar: it IS Friday June 28 (not July5)

October 2012 Activities Day expeditions

Over 160 students embarked on DofE activities.  Silver 5th form students enjoyed a multi-activity day at Tilgate Park, Crawley hosted by Dynamic Adventures.  They had a day of team building tasks including cycling, orienteering, raft building and kayaking.  90 Bronze students finished their Bronze expeditions and most groups were absolutely superb, performing well in their navigation but most importantly showing staff that they are ready for more independent expeditions at Silver and Gold level. They clearly demonstrated the skills and attitude required to take care of themselves and the people and environment around them.  Well done to these groups, staff find it a pleasure to work with you and help you pass your dofe and you are a credit to RGS and the DofE scheme.

Silver Qualifying hike JULY 2012

63 students returned from their post-GCSE break to complete their assessment hike across the South Downs.  Most students travelled by train to Lewes. On Day 1 they trekked 20km to Ditchling Beacon and Park Wood in showers and broken sunshine.  They coped well with the sogey conditions at camp.  Another 20km trek took them to Washington via Truleigh Hill and Chanctonburry Ring on Day 2.  They spent a beautifully sunny evening at Locks Farm.  A final 12km push to Amberley and it was good to see the majority of students making the sustainable and independent choice by taking the train home.  Staff were impressed by the enthusiasm of groups and their attempts to leave no trace of their journey.  Well done!