A Right Royal Welcome

On Thursday 13th October nine former Arthur Terry students received their Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award at a presentation at St James’ Palace, London. This palace is not open to the public and the throne room connects directly to Charles and Camilla’s lounge! We were privileged to be walking in the same footsteps as Henry VIII and Elizabeth I. This award completed at the highest level demonstrates an extensive commitment to voluntary work in the community, development of a skill and improved physical fitness, completion of two four-day expeditions in wild country and a week-long residential with people you haven’t met before. We are extremely proud of the students that managed to work their way through Bronze, Silver and Gold levels over more than four years of their school career. And it wasn’t just the students to be proud of. Miss Oglesby also received a prestigious award for 12 years of long service toward the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. The level of commitment shown by her is truly outstanding and she has helped well over 1000 students achieve awards. She dedicates much of her own time to running five expeditions every year and has extensive knowledge of expedition areas and everything else to do with the Award. She first began helping out on expeditions back in 2002 when they ‘needed a woman’! She found herself enjoying the outdoors and supporting the students through various disasters whilst maintaining high standards for the integrity of the award. ‘The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award would struggle to run at Arthur Terry, let alone be as successful, without Miss Oglesby. This year we have increased our completion of awards from enrolment to 65%, whilst the regional average is only 37%. Most centres in Birmingham have only a handful of Bronze participants, we remain one of the largest providers for the Award at all three levels’ Paul Withey, Lead Teacher DofE Headteacher, Neil Warner added ‘this was a wonderful day and enabled us to celebrate the huge success of our Gold Award recipients who have shown their determination, commitment and hard work to push themselves out of their comfort zones. I would also like to pay a personal tribute to the staff who supported them on their incredible journey’.