More than 125 students celebrated gaining their
Duke of Edinburgh Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards at a special ceremony with
parents, staff and governors at the School which is a DofE accredited centre. Guest
of honour was former student and chief prefect Philip Eames who is now a recruitment director in London and a DofE
assessor; he presented the awards.
Some 82 students passed Bronze awards which involved
volunteering projects to improve the local environment, various physical goals,
and learning about ceremonial drill as part of the skills section. The award’s
highlight is the expedition which takes place in the local area where students
plan and navigate a 12-14km walk for two days, and camp overnight.
More than 40 students received Silver awards, and at the
ceremony on February 15, guests also recognised the achievements of former
students Robson Phillips, Isabella Henry and Marcus Wynter who were presented
with their Gold awards at St James’s Palace.
Kerry Duffield, the school’s DofE manager,
said: “These awards play
an important part in our school life, particularly as all
students take the Bronze award, which highlight and develop our core
military values of courage, integrity, respect, commitment, loyalty and self-discipline. For
some students, the award is hard work, but all benefit in their own personal
way. I am proud of the number of students who have received their certificates
and badges, and I look forward to increasing our success next year.”
For photos of the awards ceremony, please click here