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How is studying at Reigate different from school?

It feels like an adult environment and more focused than school. The teachers are really friendly and go out of their way to help you succeed. 

What have you been doing for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award (DofE)?

For the Physical section I worked out in the gym, for Skills I had driving lessons and for Volunteering I’ve been working as a DofE Ambassador at College. I used the NCS summer programme for Residential – it was so much fun! 

What have you got out of doing DofE?

It’s helped improve my fitness and positive attitude – encouraging me to keep trying and to never give up. It’s also developed my cooking and teamwork skills. 

How would you describe the DofE expeditions?

They’re hard work physically and mentally, but they really bring you together as a group. I’ll always remember our practice expedition as we got totally lost and had to help each other climb over fences and obstacles; it made me realise the importance of team work and a sense of humour. 

How have you found the DofE programme?

It’s very hard work and takes a lot of resilience, but at the end of the day you have great fun with your team and make lots of unforgettable memories. 

What are your plans for the future?

I’m hoping to do an Art Foundation year then go to the University of Southampton to study Fashion Styling and Trend Forecasting. Grace, 2017

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