Students Celebrate ‘Duke of Edinburgh’ Achievements at Buckingham Palace

A talented group of students from Ockbrook School were invited to Buckingham Palace to celebrate completing their Gold Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) Award with The Earl of Wessex.

Prince Edward, Trustee for The Duke of Edinburgh Award, personally congratulated George O’Neil (19), Lauren Nutty (19), Hannah Moore (19) and Basia Wolinska (18) for their hard work and determination and listened to their DofE journeys. Students then went on to receive their certificates from special guest, English soprano, Laura Wright.

Lauren Nutty said: “It was such an honour to share our experiences and successes from the past 12-18 months with The Earl of Wessex. At times the journey was tough, but thanks to my friends and supportive teachers at Ockbrook School I have proudly completed it, learnt a lot of new skills and grown in confidence.”

Mrs Faulkner, Duke of Edinburgh Manager at Ockbrook School, said: “I’m always proud to see our students complete their Gold awards, it takes mental and physical fortitude, perseverance and hard work to pull off the Gold so we’re extremely proud of their achievements. The skills they’ve developed along the way will benefit them greatly in the future.” 

Headmaster, Tom Brooksby added: “At Ockbrook School, we champion the skills necessary for completing the Duke of Edinburgh Award. Recognised as the world’s leading achievement award for young people, we are proud to offer participation and support from Bronze right through to Gold. 

“A massive well done to George, Lauren, Hannah and Basia for completing Gold, which is only achieved nationally by half of those who start it; we are immensely proud of your achievements.”

The Duke of Edinburgh Award is widely acknowledged as the world’s leading achievement award for young people. To achieve an award, students must take part in a host of activities including volunteering, learning a skill, getting fit, taking part in a week-long residential and plan and undertake an expedition in wild country. 

For more information visit: www.dofe.org.For more information about Ockbrook School: www.ockbrooksch.co.uk


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