Duke's Gold Award pupils attend at Buckingham Palace

St Peter's School

Duke's Gold Award pupils attend at Buckingham Palace

DofE Buckingham

Eight current and former pupils of the School made the most of the early summer weather when they attended a garden party at Buckingham Palace this week, to receive their Duke of Edinburgh's Gold Awards.

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is the world's leading youth achievement award and a hugely popular co-curricular activity at the school, involving hundreds of pupils and dozens of staff.

2018 saw more St Peter's pupils than ever awarded the highest Gold level of award: a credit to their determination and teamwork.

Nikki Fox, English broadcaster, presenter and documentary maker, presented the awards to our pupils and Princess Beatrice of York spoke to the group together.

Mr Jon Whitehouse, who leads the School's Duke of Edinburgh Award programme said:

"A Duke of Edinburgh's Award is so much more than a pat on the back for completing a programme of activities. It is recognition of a young person's successful journey of self-discovery and development. The independence, teamwork, sense of service and decision-making skills developed count for much more in the long term than the ability to navigate or pitch a tent in the rain."

Ella said:

"Working for your Gold Award gives you the chance to have an adventure, work as a team, help others and act on your own initiative. We've learned a lot since our first expedition in Third Form, sometimes the hard way, but the support of all the teachers involved has been really amazing and we've got to explore a lot of the Yorkshire countryside, which is beautiful. I'm ready to explore the world now."

From left to right in the photo: Katherine, Cecilia, Maddy, Nana, Isabelle, Will, Ella M, Ella.