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Training Days

Where?  Main school Hall

What to bring? All need lunch, drinks, snacks, sensible shoes and clothing as we may be outside. Silver and Gold participants who have completed their previous awards also need to bring their kit(not food) for a check.

Bronze Group 1:    Saturday 24/2/18  8:50am-4:15pm

Bronze Group 2:    Sunday 25/2/18  8:50am-4:15pm

Silver and Gold Direct:    Saturday 3/3/18  8:50am-4:15pm : silver  bring kit and ruc sac(not food)

Gold and Gold Direct:  Saturday 10/3/18  8:50am-4:15pm : gold bring kit in ruc sac(not food)

IMPORTANT: slight change to meeting time.

Due to Virgin changing the flight time, we will now be meeting by 2.30am on Sunday the 1st of April. Please pass on.

Information required by Venture Out

If you are doing your award this year then the following must be filled in.  This is so Venture Out, the company who trains you and runs the expeditions, has up to date information whilst you are in their care.  Please would you submit a form online for the relevant award.  If you are unable to do this then you can print one out and hand into reception for the attention of Miss Hickman.  This should be done by 21/2/18






Miss Hickman

Not long now!

Only 10 weeks to go! Please ensure that passports are renewed if they run out within 6 months of our return to the UK.

All will need an ESTA, should be about $14.  If we get to Heathrow and this is not completed then your child will be waiting at Heathrow for you to pick them up!  Send a photocopy or email confirming this has been done with the application number.

If there are any medical changes please let me know: email

We will be staying at:

Hotel Whitcomb, 1231 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94103 USA

And then

Mammoth Mountain Inn, 10400 Minaret Rd, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546, USA

Most importantly make sure you are riding your bike regularly, it is quite tiring going up the hills in San Francisco.


DofE News



It has been a really exciting year for us this year.  We have record  numbers of students participating with 135 starting bronze, 65 silver and 19 gold.  This is well up on last year when we had 88 bronze, 58 silver and 4 gold.

We have also record numbers completing their awards with our first ever gold award holders.  Congratulations to Roz, Farah (2015-16)and Sudiksha(2016-2017). We have at least four other students who should complete in the coming weeks.

We have awarded 67 Silver awards and 76 bronze awards to the 2015-16 cohort and we have  83 bronze and 53 silver awards (from the 2016-17 cohort) which just need the assessor reports to be completed before those individuals will also complete the award!

Well done to all involved.

Miss Hickman


Bronze 2017-18 teams and dates

Bronze DofE:

Due to large numbers we have added an extra training day and we have changed one of the practice expedition dates as it was straight before year 9 exams. This means that we will run the training and expeditions as two equal sized groups.

Group 1

Training         Saturday 24th Feb 2018

Practice         28-29th April 2018           

Qualifying     16-17th June 2018

Group 2

Training        Sunday 25th Feb 2018

Practice         12-13th May 2018

Qualifying     23-24th June 2018

Italics indicate added dates from the information evening. This was due to one of the original practice dates being right before examinations. Extra training day due to numbers.

There will be twenty teams and ten will be in each group. In order to arrange your team you must write their names on the team sheet. These can be found in the wallet on my door of F28. Once filled these should be put into the other wallet on my door labelled ‘completed forms’. The maximum number in a team is 7, if you do not have 7 in your team then you may be split into two smaller groups and be put with others. If you do not know anyone then do not worry as I will assign you to a group, (just put a note into my wallet if you cannot do one of the dates). Please tick the boxes to say which dates your team are able to do. As there are only 2 new dates added, I would expect the majority of people to be able to make the dates. Groups may have to be split if individuals cannot do the new dates. Please complete these sheets by Friday 17th November or you will be randomly allocated to a group.

As you may be aware all of your accounts have been set up on edofe and you will have been sent an email to confirm this. I will go over how to use this in meetings once I have your team sheets.

Costs and Payment 2017-18

Costs and Payment


A deposit of 50% should be by cheque made payable to Altrincham Grammar School for Girls.

The pupil’s name, Form Class and D of E award level should be clearly marked on the back of each cheque. This should be handed into reception by 19th October 2017


Unfortunately, failure to meet a payment by this date must mean that a place will not be booked.


The balance should be paid by Parent Pay by 1st January 2018 and all monies are nonrefundable.  If the balance is not paid by this date then the deposit will be lost and your child will not have a place on the scheme.  Any issues with paying this please see Miss Hickman.


Parents/Guardians must note that on top of the payment cost for the programme, they may need to buy personal equipment.




Bronze Walking: £300

Includes: DofE book, access to edofe system and training on this, 1 training session /2 day Practice Expedition/ 2 day Assessed Expedition, certificate, and badge.



Silver Walking: £400

Includes: DofE book, access to edofe system and training on this, 1 x training day/3 day Practice Expedition/ 3 day Assessed Expedition, certificate, and badge.



Gold Walking: £500

Includes: DofE book, access to edofe system and training on this, 1 x training day/3 day Practice Expedition/ 5 day Assessed Expedition, certificate, and badge.


Gold Direct Walking: £600

Includes: DofE book, access to edofe system and training on this, 2 x training day/3 day Practice Expedition/ 5 day Assessed Expedition, certificate, and badge.

Training/Expedition dates 2017-2018

Duke of Edinburgh Expedition Calendar: 2017/2018

Bronze Walking

Training Day/s:        Sat 24th Feb 2018   9am–4pm

Practice Expedition:   12th-13th May 2018 (19th-20th May 2018) if 13 groups or more

Assessed Expedition: 16th-17th June 2018 (23rd-24th June 2018) as above

Silver Walking

Training Day/s:       Sat 3rd March 2018 9am-4pm

Practice Expedition:   8th -10th June 2018

Assessed Expedition: 15th-17th September 2018 

Gold Walking 

Training Day/s:       Sat 10th March 2018 times TBC

Practice Expedition:   13th-15th July 2018

Assessed Expedition: 30thAugust – 3rd September 2018 

Gold Direct Walking

Training Day/s:       Sat 3rd March 2018 9am-4pm and Sat 10th March 2018

Practice Expedition:   8th -10th June 2018 and 13th-15th July 2018

Assessed Expedition: 30thAugust – 3rd September 2018


Parent/carer information evenings for bronze, silver and gold awards 2017-2018.

Bronze information evening : 4/10/17 6-7pm main hall
Silver/gold information evening: 11/10/17 6-7pm main hall
Parents/carers and pupils must attend.

IMPORTANT: Change of Plans

Due to cancellation of flights by Virgin, our arrangements have changed for the Spring break trip.

Our new flights are

1/4/18  11.50am London Heathrow to San Francisco

11/4/18 Arriving back in London Heathrow at 12.05 pm

Of course these are subject to change.  We will now be taking a coach to London and back again.


I am sorry for any inconvenience.

Mandy Hickman