Seven former pupils and one current student from King Edward’s Witley travelled to Buckingham Palace recently to receive their prestigious Duke of Edinburgh’s (DofE) Gold Award. They had the opportunity to discuss their experiences with the Earl of Wessex, before receiving their Award certificates from TV celebrity Gaby Roslin.
The seven alumni Megan Lewis and Matilda Moss from Guildford, Charlie Howard from West Horsley, Will Kriehn from Haslemere, Alex Dean from Milford, Jonathan Bell from Woking, Ed Kernick from London all attended the special event, along with Theo Negus from Godalming, who is in the Upper Sixth Form at King Edward’s.
The pupils were escorted by Mr Mark Harrison, Director of Co-Curriculum & Leadership and Teacher of MFL at King Edward’s. Mark commented, “King Edward’s runs a very active Duke of Edinburgh’s Award programme and is a D of E Licensing Authority in its own right. All Year 9 pupils participate in the Bronze Award and approximately half of these pupils progress to take the Silver Award. A good number then continue to the highest accolade - the Gold Award. We are once again delighted to have such a strong cohort of pupils representing the School at the Gold Award Presentations. Attaining this high-level award represents a tremendous achievement proving that these students have the skills, determination and resilience to succeed.”
Gaby Roslin, who is a supporter of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, says, "It’s very tough out there at the moment for anyone, especially young people, and DofE Award holders have proved that they’ve got what it takes; they are our future and they can be extremely proud of what they have achieved.”