Nine former Midsomer Norton Sixth Form students travelled to Buckingham Palace recently to receive their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards. The presentation was made by HRH Prince Edward at an extra-ordinary ceremony – after their previous appointment was cancelled on the day of the terrorist incident in Westminster.
One of the group, Mitch Rose, said: “I really enjoyed all aspects of my DofE, but the expedition in France was probably the best bit. Of course, being told to go home on the day I was due to get my award was disappointing, but coming to Buckingham Palace today has really made up for that.”
Completion of this prestigious award is challenging and as with the earlier levels, candidates have to make a considerable commitment in order to be successful. As well as undertaking two four-day expeditions, they must show that they have developed a skill, helped others and undertaken a physical activity on a regular basis. They must also attend a five-day ‘Residential’, which is based around self-development and working with others.
Alun Williams, Headteacher for the Midsomer Norton Schools Partnership, said: “In the last year alone, 21 past and present students from our Sixth Form have completed their Gold Awards.”