Outdoor education and Duke of Edinburgh Award

NEWS - Bronze Duke of edinburgh SIGN UP FOR 2017/2018 

During the Yr9 assembly this week Ms Fox discussed the Bronze DofE programme which will run in the 2017/2018 school year. Letters were handed out to students who are interested in signing up for the Award.

The letter confirmed there will be a Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award meeting for parents on Thurs 8 June @ 6.30-7.30pm in the Sixth Form Lee Centre.

We request all parent/carers of students interested in the Award attend this meeting.

Please can your son/daughter return the slip enclosed with the letter to the finance department by Tues 6 June. The slip confirms the parent/carers attendance and your son/daughter's interest in the Award.

A copy of the letter and slip can be found here.

Many thanks  


Events...2017 -

13 Dec 3 - Yr11 & 13 Indoor Climbing Trip, Bristol

Tuesdays (ongoing) - Yr13 Fitness training for their Gold DofE Qualifier in the Pyrenees

26 Feb 2017 - Bronze DofE Day Walk, Batheaston

19/19 March 2017 - Bronze Practice Expedition, The Mendips

20/30 April 2017 - Bronze Qualifier, Marlborough

May 2017 - Yr8 Activity Days & Yr9 Residential

July 2017 - Gold Qualifying Expedition, The Pyrenees


Gold duke of edinburgh 2016/17

The Yr13 Gold group successfully completed their practice Expedition to Snowdonia in October half term. Students now look forward to regular training sessions for their Qualifier in the Pyrenees next July.

Bronze Duke of Edinburgh - 2016/17

OVer 80 Yr10 students have signed up to Bronze DofE this year. For the Expedition section the students have completed several training sessions and a camp craft weekend. Students are also busy outside of school completing the other sections of the award. 


Contragulations to Dani Workamn and Tally Browne who have successfully completed their Gold DofE Award. An amazing achievement. Well done from everyone at Ralph Allen School.


It has been a busy year! Year11 Bronze students completed a camp craft weekend Practice and Qualifying Expedition. Students successfully completed their Expedition by April 2016. They were a pleasure to train and take on Expedition! Well done to all!

Yr8 Activity Days & Yr9 Residential - June 2016

Year 8 & 9 students enjoyed a rnage of outdoor activities at Mendip Outdoor Pursuits Centre in June. Activities ranged from rock climbing, to canoeing and skiing. 

Over 160 year 8 studentrs and more than 100 year 9 students are looking forward to next year's camp in May.

Gold Duke of Edinburgh

The Gold group completed a very challenging training weekend in Brecon in February and following lots of fitness sessions and team work, the group successfully completed their Qualifying Expedition in the Pyrenees. The group have been a real pleasure to train, they are a fantastic bunch of young people that displayed outstanding team spirit. Well done!



Yr11 Bronze DofE Completion Information - please click here for further details

Indoor Climbing Trips

There will be an Indoor Climbing Trip for Year 11 on the 26th November, Year 12 on the 10th December and Year 13 on the 15th December.

Year 12 Gold DofE training weekend, Brecon Beacons

The Year 12 Gold team spent the weekend in the Brecon Beacons as the second part of their training process. The group worked as a team to prepare an evening meal on the Friday night, they then completed some route planning in small groups and first aid training.On the Saturday everyone enjoyed a 10 mile walk which took them up Sugar Loaf in very challenging conditions. After a few teams games in the evening students got ready for a 6am start on the Sunday.

In foggy, windy and cold conditions everyone completed a circular walk in the Pen y Fan area, with a few first aid scenarios thrown in on the Sunday.

The group were a pleasure to take away and yet again performed to a very high level.

Thank you to Mr Camm and Mr Tomey for supporting students.