Nationally over 100,000 people receive a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award every year and at Arthur Terry School we are very proud to have 100 students complete either the bronze, silver or gold Award in the last twelve months. It really does take a commitment from students to pass these awards. An Annual Awards Ceremony was held on Wednesday 2nd March for all students, parents and carers to celebrate the students’ achievements and reflect upon the experience. Richard Gill, Headteacher, presented students with their awards and delivered a keynote speech on the importance of learning beyond the classroom for the holistic development of young people. Mr Gill highlighted the support of a large team of staff who freely give up their time to support the students in gaining these awards. This year our licenced centre saw the completion of eleven Gold Awards which is testament to the dedication of our students at the highest level. ‘The Duke of Edinburgh programme is a popular and integral part of our extracurricular provision. We are extremely proud of all of our recipients who have shown dedication and commitment in achieving their bronze, silver or gold awards. I was particularly delighted to welcome back a number of ex-students who came to receive their gold awards and look forward to sharing their special day at Buckingham Palace in May.’ Richard Gill, Headteacher Paul Withey, lead teacher for the scheme at Arthur Terry said, “this year has been the best yet for DofE at Arthur Terry. We have more completed awards than ever and more staff involved with formal qualifications in leading expeditions and outdoor first aid. The DofE award is reaching its Diamond Jubilee and the diamond challenge is a special opportunity for adults and young people to push themselves outside of their comfort zone. We are joining a range of schools that run the Award independently at Buckingham Palace in May to celebrate 60 years of DofE – it’s very exciting to see the Duke himself at this unique event”.