Twenty one past and present students from Gordon’s School are off to Buckingham Palace this summer, having successfully achieved their Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
Laura Gumbrell; Simon Carr; Thomas Sebastian Torrington; David Hutchings; Freya Smith; Harrison Francis; Oliver Rigby; Chloe Norman; George Bolland; Amy Beet; Georgia Beavis; Oliver Francis; Henry Mooney; Ryan Laing; George Hurt; Alexia Genetay; Eloise Young; Poppy Colloff; Saffy Ahmad; LouLou Mattinson and Poppy De Vere Green will all go to the presentation, which will take place in May.
Their visit to the iconic Royal landmark, marks the end of an adventurous journey that has seen them volunteering for a year and learning new skills as well as embarking on an expedition and undertaking a residential section. And the intrepid students have travelled all over England to gain the coveted award, some venturing overseas to countries including Morocco, Ecuador, Norway and Nepal.
The school in West End, Woking whose Patron is the reigning monarch, has a well-deserved reputation as one of the leading Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme centres and many of its students take up the challenge of Bronze, Silver or Gold.
Phil Fox, who leads the DofE programme at Gordon’s said: “I speak for all the DofE staff at Gordon’s in congratulating the Gold Award holders on their achievement and hope that they and their families have a super day at the Palace.”
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme is the world’s leading youth achievement award involving more than one million young people across the globe in more than 140 countries and territories. It is supported by UK employers, who endorse the skills and attributes developed whilst doing a DofE programme, such as resilience, commitment, self-motivation and team working.