Reports Tours and Day Trips





Once more the Year 7 & 8 Language and Historian students ventured across the channel to be immersed in all things French; the language, the food and the History. Chateau de la Baudonnière was to be home for the next few days. Yet again, the chateau did not disappoint, and all enjoyed an action-packed few days.  The weather too was kind.  We were incredibly lucky as the sun shone throughout our trip, making it all the more enjoyable.

The staff at the chateau, the animateur’s, did an incredible job of working with our pupils, whilst speaking only in French to them. The challenge of listening and speaking another language for several days is extremely tiring and hard work, none the less students gave it their all and were in full swing by Friday.

At the chateau students learnt how to make bread and were able to savour their delights at lunch time. Students enjoyed learning circus skills along with trying their hand with a new sport, to them, called aéroball.

This game was new to us all and really fascinating as none of us had ever seen anything like it before. A mixture of trampolining and volleyball students absolutely loved it!

Once more it was time to do the parcours de santé. Every year this proves a hit! parcours de santé, an obstacle course through mud whilst having to speak French, it doesn’t get much better than that, students loved it!

During the trip we had an array of excursions. We visited a local goat farm, where students not only learnt about keeping goats and cheese production, but were also treated to actually milking the goats themselves. Finishing up with some obligatory cheese tasting!

As a joint enterprise trip with the history department, we ventured out to the beautiful city of Bayeux to see the Bayeux Tapestry. A truly amazing site and with the help of our audio guides, everyone took in an enormous amount of information, learning a lot.  We also visited the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mont Saint Michel. In the words of our students it was ‘magical’. They were buzzing with excitement after that excursion!

Many other fantastic moments from the trip included the disco, the talent show, the rabbits and guinea pigs, quizzes, sports tournaments, the French themed night, eating snails list goes on. We hope that everyone has come home with lots of memories and new experiences that they will treasure for a long time to come.


In the words of one of the students….

At first the French conversation was very hard to understand, but then I got used to it and it got easier. All activities were great fun. The trips were also fun and the time flew by, I could have stayed another night!



It was a really fun trip to France because we got to try new food such as, snails, and a really fun new activity called parcours de santé, a mud obstacle course. There was so much to do, it was a great trip.

Our recent trip to France was amazing. I learnt more French and made lots more friends.  I would definitely recommend this to the next year 7 & 8’s. It’s a chance to learn lots about France about Normandy, as well as an opportunity to taste new foods.  In particular I loved Mont St Michel it was so beautiful. I also enjoyed the goat farm where we learnt about cheese and animals.

The trip was really fun and turned out to be an experience which I don’t think

 I will ever forget. I made great friends and had great fun with them.

All of the different activities were enjoyable, some very memorable moments!

Overall great memories with great friends and great teachers, thank you!









There are three levels of programme you can do which, when successfully completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. The main differences between them are the minimum length of time they take to complete, how challenging they are and the minimum age you can start.

There are three Award levels:

  • Bronze – for those aged 14+ years
  • Silver – for those aged 15+ years
  • Gold – for those aged 16+ years


If you are in Year 9 but are only 13 years old, you may be able to start a Bronze DofE programme if most of your friends are already 14 – please check with your DofE Leader.

Activities for each DofE section take a minimum of one hour a week over a set period of time, so they can be fitted in around academic study, hobbies and social lives. Development and regular progress must be shown and all activities must be completed by the participant’s 25th birthday.

Bronze timescales:

  • Volunteering section: 3 months
  • Physical section: 3 months
  • Skills section: 3 months
  • Expedition section: 2 days/1 night
  • You also have to do 3 more months in one of the Volunteering, Physical or Skills sections.

Silver timescales:

  • Volunteering section: 6 months
  • Physical and Skills sections: One section for 6 months and the other section for 3 months
  • Expedition section: 3 days/2 nights
  • If you didn’t do Bronze, you must undertake a further 6 months in either the Volunteering or the longer of the Physical or Skills sections.

Gold timescales:

  • Volunteering section: 12 months
  • Physical and Skills sections: One section for 12 months and the other section for 6 months
  • Expedition section: 4 days/3 nights
  • Residential section: Undertake a shared activity in a residential setting away from home for 5 days and 4 nights.
  • If you didn’t do Silver, you must undertake a further 6 months in either the Volunteering or the longer of the Physical or Skills sections.

Choose from a range of volunteering, physical, skills and expedition activities that will set you up for life.

Perhaps you want to help out at a local youth club or improve your swimming? Learn how to bake or go hiking? Work out what excites you and makes a difference to you and the people around you.

For each Section of your programme, you need to take part in your chosen activity for a set period of time (this is different for Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards).

It’s up to you what you do for each one, so you can choose something that you’re really into or keen to have a go at. It’s all about setting yourself a challenge and feeling great when you achieve it.


Programme BriefView/Download
Residential - GoldView/Download
Complete ProgrammeView/Download
Expedition Kit List and Table of Events 2017/18View/Download