“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

Complete your Gold DofE Residential! Choose either A Level Maths Revision or a 16 hour Outdoor First Aid course both combined with outdoor activities. 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.

Information about the A Level Maths Revision Residentials:

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 relaxation techniques, 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.

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.

Information about the First Aid Residentials:

Over the course of the 5 days you will spend 16 hours gaining your Outdoor First Aid certificate. Topics include: roles & responsibilities, dealing with collapse (with and without breathing), choking, bleeding, shock, major illnesses, torso and limb injuries, environmental effects, heat and cold injuries, using first aid kit, outdoor specific scenarios and outdoor incident management, answering queries such as when or how to remove boots, helmets and looking after a casualty for some hours.

Accommodation for both residentials:

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 latest 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.

Outdoor activities:

As well as your A Level Maths revision or First Aid session, each day will involve a physical activity session outside such as archery, mountain biking, orienteering, highropes, kayaking, trekking or bushcraft skills. 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. 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.

Cost of Maths Residential: £475 plus VAT (£570) Cost of First Aid Residential: £490 plus VAT (£588)

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. For those doing the first aid residential there is an additional cost of £15 for the Level 3 Outdoor First Aid certificate. 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. For those doing Maths 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 is 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!

MATT ILOTT: Matt is a Wilderness-Emergency Medical Technician with a background in teaching and outdoor education risk management. His courses practical First Aid training courses are energetic, engaging and based on a wealth of hands on experience.