Duke of Edinburgh Award

Palace date honours school’s award commitment

The Radclyffe School’s commitment to the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) was recognised at a Buckingham Palace reception this month.

Deputy Headteacher Sue Webb was presented with a special plaque from the DofE charity by celebrity supporter Roz Savage, acknowledging the school’s involvement in running the DofE and thanking it for giving young people the opportunity to transform their lives.

The DofE celebrates its Diamond Anniversary this year, having supported millions of young people in the UK and across the world to achieve DofE Awards since it was founded in 1956. The presentation at Buckingham Palace is one of many memorable events taking place to celebrate 60 years of the Charity. Members of the Royal Family; HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, HRH The Earl of Wessex and HRH The Countess of Wessex, congratulated those present.

The Radclyffe School has been delivering the DofE for five years and over 150 students have achieved an award after volunteering in their community, learning a skill, getting fit, going on an expedition.

Doing a DofE programme significantly impacts young people’s futures, enabling them to develop vital skills for life and work, such as confidence, commitment, resilience and team work.

Mrs Webb said, “We are honoured to have been invited to Buckingham Palace to receive a commemorative plaque to acknowledge and say thank you for our work with the charity during its Diamond Anniversary year. We encourage our young people to push themselves outside of their comfort zones when doing their DofE. The skills they develop can be life-changing, so for us to be involved is something very special.”

To celebrate its 60th year, the charity has launched the DofE Diamond Challenge. This one-off initiative allows people of all ages to take on a DofE inspired challenge and earn their Diamond Pin. Signing up to The DofE Diamond Challenge has an amazing double benefit – whilst challenging yourself, pushing your boundaries, you’re also raising money for the DofE Charity so that it can transform the lives of more young people and offer free places and bursary grants to those most in need.

24 May 2016

award plaque presented

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