Abbeyfield School Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Winners

Nine 6th formers from Abbeyfield School have achieved the prestigious Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s award and will be going to Buckingham Palace to meet Prince Edward.
Erin Jones, Harrison Jones, Matt Hart, Lauren Smith, Jamie Heath, Victoria Summers, Lucy James, Harvey Weir and Rebecca Cooke have all joined an exclusive club of resilient young people, who have met the rigorous criteria for the awards.

To achieve this, they had to complete the five sections of the award: physical; skill; volunteering; residential and finish a gruelling expedition. Experiences ranged from working with and supporting elderly dementia sufferers to conserving marine life in Tenerife. Their hard work was co-ordinated and lead by Head of Science Mrs Sally Silcock.
6th former Lauren Smith said: “Completing Gold took me out of my comfort zone and gave me confidence.” Victoria Summers said: “Volunteering with the elderly helped me to find my vocation and now I want to be a nurse.”

Abbeyfield is very proud of the achievements of these 6th formers and the next step is visiting Buckingham Palace for the official awards ceremony on 17th May.