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Hazel Grove High School


DofE Year 9 & 12 Information

Dear Parents/Carers,

We would like to say how proud we are of the positive attitude and determination your child has shown during the Edge days so far this year. Each Duke of Edinburgh group has improved the school environment by planting trees donated by the Woodland Trust and have developed their camp-craft skills learning how to use stoves and build tents. They have worked exceptionally well as a team and demonstrated good leadership, team-building and listening skills.

 In order to complete the Bronze DofE award, it is required that all students complete the expedition element of the scheme by carrying out a practice and qualifying expedition, both of which are two days including one-night camping.

It will be the first time most students have the opportunity to go and explore the countryside independently so we are aware parents might have questions regarding the Duke of Edinburgh expedition section or the award as a whole. Typical queries include: required kit, food to carry, camping arrangements, medical specifics and timings. Consequently, we will be holding a DofE Information Evening (see below). We suggest parents/carers attend this evening and where possible bring their child, light refreshments will be provided. If you cannot attend the DofE Information Evening, we will publish the PowerPoint and any FAQ’s on the DofE Show My Homework Page.

DofE Parent and Student Information Evening

Tuesday 4th June from 5pm-6pm

Expedition dates for Mr Massey’s Duke of Edinburgh (Group 1).

Practice Expedition - Thursday 20th June - Friday 21st June 2019

Qualifying Expedition - Monday 1st July - Tuesday 2nd July 2019

Expedition dates for Mr Kay’s Duke of Edinburgh (Group 2).

Practice Expedition –  Monday 17th June – Tuesday 18th June 2019

Qualifying Expedition – Wednesday 26th June – Thursday 27th June 2019 

Expedition dates for Yr12 Silver Duke of Edinburgh

26-28th June – Silver Practice Expedition (3 days, 2 nights)

17-19th July – Silver Qualifying Expedition (3 days, 2 nights)

As mentioned in previous correspondence, all the DofE contributions are on ParentPay. This covers costs for: transport, camping fees, insurance, DofE profiles and DofE assessor costs. Rucksacks, tents and stoves will be provided but students need to bring their own food for all expeditions. We are asking that all payments for the DofE enrolment (£30), DofE Practice expedition (£30) and Qualifying expedition (£35) are complete by the 1st June 2019.

If you have any further question please don’t hesitate to get in touch.


Yours faithfully,

Mr D A Browne

Assistant Head of Science

DofE and Enrichment Coordinator

Hazel Grove High School

0161 456 4888