“Alison always inspires confidence, self belief and independence into the pupils at Albyn. She is super professional and goes above and beyond anyone else I have ever worked with on DofE. She a is a consummate professional and I have complete confidence in recommending her, indeed she has supervised my own children. Nothing is too much trouble and I can rest easy when the pupils are in her care.” John Blunsdon, DofE Manager, 2015

“I just wanted to say a huge thank you on behalf of Kathryn, Graham & I for the brilliant expedition you and your team organised for Kathryn and her group. I cannot begin to imagine the organisation and work that goes in to ensuring everything runs smoothly and that, above all else, the children complete it safely!! Kathryn very, very much enjoyed it but at the same time I really know she was pushed to her limits – it was exceptionally challenging for all of them. However their group was very strong & really worked together well. I would not have known where to start!! Kathryn has also mentioned Jen, who was allocated to look after her group. She spoke very highly of her too. Many, many thanks once again to yourself, Jen and the others in your team who were all involved. This is an achievement of a lifetime, an experience Kathryn will never forget and we are hugely proud of her.” Gillian Fiddes (parent) Albyn School 2015

“We all can’t thank you enough for supervising our expedition this week! It has been such an amazing experience for us all and one that we wouldn’t have had without all your help.” Chloe Hastings, Chamonix 2015

“Just wanted to thank you massively for last week – I have just had an absolute whale of a time, and you have been so crucial to it all. It was so good that it has even got to the stage already where some of us are asking ‘what next?’ and are looking to making our own DofE Platinum. My sincere best wishes and thanks.” Tom Fisher, Chamonix 2015

“I wanted to add my thanks for your work with the girls. It was excellent; you were approachable and the girls felt very safe under your care. You were very clear with your expectations and, simply, lovely. So, thank you again and I hope to cross paths with you again in the future.” Rachel Troup (teacher), Priorsfield School, Chamonix 2015

“Cannot rate the quality of what she offered highly enough. Excellent instruction (instructors) and supervision yet leaves the group to make all the decisions. Used Alison in Cairngorm and in Chamonix. Experience of all groups very positive” Ruth Arthur (teacher), Albyn School

“We greatly appreciated Alison’s help in running our first ever Gold expeditions.  The administration of the expeditions ran very smoothly; Alison was quick to answer any queries and provided all the documentation we needed. The expeditions themselves were very successful, thanks largely to the expert training provided by Alison both in the classroom and outdoors.  She built up a good relationship with the pupils, and I had every confidence in her judgement when she supervised the final expedition in very challenging weather conditions.  Our pupils gained a great sense of achievement from the expeditions and appreciated all the help she gave them in successfully completing their Gold expeditions.” Susan Chalmers (teacher), St Margaret’s School for Girls

“I am so delighted for them … We are so grateful to you – we felt much more reassured by the care you gave them than if they had been in Wales.  They will carry the experience with them for the rest of their lives.”  Parent, Chamonix Expedition 2012

“Thank you for taking my school’s DofE groups out there as it was a well run and highly enjoyable weekend which I will fondly remember for years to come.” Rona Rose, St Margaret’s School for Girls 2013

“Thank you so much for all your help, we couldn’t have done it without you.”  Katie and Roxy, Albyn 2010

“Thank you for making our gold doe practice so much fun and enjoyable.” Gregory Davis

“Brilliant, loved the gas trangia’s, waterproof maps and lightweight tents.” Peak District 2011

“I’ve reassured the skills I had, learnt new ones and tested them all!” May 2011

“Thank you.  It’s been my best experience of a DofE Expedition” May 2011

“Dear Alison, Thank you so much for all you have done for us in completing our Gold Duke of Edinburgh Expedition.  You have gone beyond the call of duty and really supported us, enabling us to truly enjoy the expedition…” Sophie, Laura, Alice, Hazel, Claire and Hannah, Summer 2008

“Thank you for coaching the girls to enjoy an outdoor experience beyond their dreams.”  John McLeish, parent.

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