Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award Presentations at Buckingham Palace

Four Withington girls – two of whom are current students and two from the Class of 2018 – attended the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award Ceremony at Buckingham Palace on 22nd May. They received their awards from HRH Princess Eugenie of York on a glorious day in the Palace gardens and Headmistress, Mrs Haslam, and Assistant Head, Dr Madden, were delighted to join them to celebrate their achievements.

Mrs Haslam said: “It was a truly fitting reward for all of their endeavours over such a sustained period of time.”

So far this year, 17 pupils have achieved their DofE Gold Awards with another nine aiming to complete by the end of this year.

Participants must be successful in five areas to achieve the Gold Award.

  • Volunteering – service to others or the community
  • Physical – achieve a certain standard of health and fitness
  • Skills – develop practical skills and nurture personal interests and talents
  • Expeditions – execution of an outdoor challenge
  • Residential – undertake a shared activity in a residential setting away from home

More can be read about this year’s DofE Gold achievements at Withington here, including some participants’ personal stories of the challenge.