Outdoor Education and Duke of Edinburgh's Award



On 25 February Bronze Yr10 students will be taking part in their first training walk in the local area of Batheaston. Students will walk in their groups, navigating to check points where staff will run training exercises, such as first aid and stove skills. This is a great opportunity for the students to practice their teamwork also and see how their kit works for them. A kit list was handed out to students on Tuesday 16 January during lesson. Staff will volunteer to help with this event. Parents can also volunteer – please contact Ms Ridley @ h.ridley@ralphallenschool.com if you are interested in supporting this event.


Students were asked in lessons in January to make sure they had logged into their eDofE accounts, that they have submitted their choices for each section and started working towards at least two of these sections (this was to be done by Tuesday 30 January 2018). Please contact Ms Ridley (h.ridley@ralphallenschool.com) if you have any issues with your account. 22.01.18

Bronze Duke of edinburgh SIGN UP FOR 2017/2018 

Over 70 Yr10 students have signed up for the Bronze DofE Award to run 2017 -  2018. This is a fantastic intake. Thank you to Ms Fox, Ms Mallinson-Skimming and Mr Hancock who will support the students in their study period on a Tuesday of Week A. Last week students visited Rainbow Woods during their lesson and began to learn about and practice outdoor first aid skills, navigation and the practical use of outdoor kit.

Students should currently be reviewing their choices for the skill, volunteering and physical sections required for the Award and beginning to become familiar with the eDofE online portal where they log evidence for their Award and submit their Assessor's report following completion of each section. Staff will support the students with their choices during class and the outdoor sessions will assist with the students preparation for the expedition section. If you have any eDofE account queries or admin questions please contact Ms Ridley, DofE Administrator h.ridley@ralphallenschool.com.

GOLD 2017/2019


The gold dofe group will be supporting bronze group on the 25th February. Gold students will be supporting bronze students with their navigation and camp craft skills.

The Gold group have already completed their first weekend of training last November in the Brecon Beacons and look forward to a local training day on the 9th March where their navigation skills and fitneess will be put to the test. The local training day will also include first aid scenarios, night navigation and a practice rescue situation.

Ms Fox, DofE Manager


Events...2017 -


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.