“I have honestly had the best time on this course. I was so nervous before hand and I have honestly made so many friends which I believe will be for life. I would suggest that you don’t change anything as it was everything that I could have asked for.” Rebecca
Completing your Gold DofE Residential.
The DofE residential is completed as part of the Gold Award and should be an exciting opportunity, away from home and sharing in an activity with people you haven’t met before. Click here to find out more about the residential section. We run DofE residentials throughout the year combining A Level revision with fun outdoor activities. We know that Years 12 and 13 can be very pressurised and quite stressful as you work hard to do well in your A levels, as well as complete UCAS applications and gain a place at university. The aim of our DofE residential is for YOU to achieve these 5 things:
- gain confidence in your A Level subjects through quiet, focused and supported revision
- gain plenty of exercise in a fun atmosphere and beautiful location
- eat really well – meals will be an important shared experience for all the group
- sleep really well – research proves that this aids mental retention and concentration
- make new friends
The Sleep Council advises teenagers that these 9 things can help you get through revision weeks: being prepared, sleeping well, eating well, getting physical, prioritising, practising relation, changing your scenery, socialising and positive self-talk. We can’t promise you all A*s, but we will do everything we can to give you a productive and confidence-boosting 5 days away.
We currently have two fantastic places that we stay in: a centre in The New Forest, with purpose built accommodation near to woods and rivers with excellent spaces for revising and our newest centre at Bell Heath in a beautiful area of North Worcestershire. Sleeping arrangements will be in single sex dorms, both with bedding provided. All of our meals are freshly prepared every day and will be eaten together in a comfortable dining room. All outdoor equipment will be provided and there is a room for wet and muddy kit.
Each day will involve a physical activity outside such as archery, mountain biking, orienteering, highropes, kayaking, trekking or bushcraft skills with a morning or afternoon revision session with one of the teachers. Each day may also include extra optional workshops on specific topics, and the choice of further quiet revision time in the evening or a shared group activity such a cooking, quiz, games. Revision groups will be a maximum of 12, so plenty of 1:1 support and you will do a minimum of 13 hours of structured revision with an A Level teacher with the possibility of more if you take up the extra workshops. We also often have a talk on one of the evenings by a relevant speaker or the local Mountain Rescue Team. We want your DofE residential to be productive, fun and challenging.
Once we receive your booking request we will email you to confirm availability. The cost for the full 5 days is £475 inc VAT (£570) which includes all accommodation, food, equipment, tuition and activities. A deposit of £100 will be required upon booking with the remaining amount to be paid 14 days prior to the course. Nearer the time you will be sent full details about the course, a schedule of the week’s activities, a medical form to complete and a kit list. One of the teaching team will also email to complete some specific information on the areas you may wish to focus on and any areas of concern.
This is some of the team that may be looking after you during the week:
ANDY ROWLINSON: Andy is one of the company owners and leads expeditions all over the UK and worldwide. He is extremely experienced in working with young people and leading DofE expeditions, walking, mountaineering, cycling and climbing trips.
EMMA MARTIN: Emma is the other company owner, with 20 years of teaching experience. She also leads UK trips for DofE and walking expeditions.
DR SUE HILLS: Sue is a highly experienced Maths teacher, including teaching Maths, Pure Maths and Further Maths at A Level. She ia also an enthusiastic hill walker, Mountain Leader and participant in all things outdoor and active!
AMY BAKER: Amy is a current Maths teacher with experience teaching all levels of Maths from GCSE to A Level, Further Maths, IB and beyond. When not in the classroom wading knee deep through algebra and numbers, she runs the Gold DofE programme at her school and can often be found hiking mountains and travelling the world.
JANE ALEXANDER: Jane has over 30 years of teaching experience, both in state and private schools. Her career includes being Head of English, Head of Sixth Form and Head of Careers as well as a Senior AQA English examiner. Following recent retirement, Jane is busier than ever as a careers consultant and enjoying all things sporty and active!