Herts and Essex High School students set gold standard for Duke of Edinburgh's Awards
Buckingham Palace was the destination for four former students of Herts and Essex High School when they received their gold Duke of Edinburgh's Awards.
James Gibson, Miranda Kennett, Megan Pointer and Alexandra Foile were presented with their accolades at the palace in London by the Duke of Wessex, Prince Edward.
His father, Prince Philip, inaugurated the youth awards programme in 1956. It entails 12 months of volunteering, physical and skills knowledge, an expedition and undertaking a shared activity in a residential setting.
In addition, six current Year 13 students at Herts and Essex – Lucy Jones, Helen Scantlebury, Will Crocker, Ben Parks, Charlotte Gill and Mia Richey – have managed to complete their gold awards before leaving the Warwick Road secondary.
Ian Corner, who co-ordinates the DofE awards at the school, said: "This is a huge achievement and it's highly unusual for students to finish the gold level whilst still in the sixth form.
"It's a first for us to have so many students achieve at school at this level. We're really proud of them and they should be just as proud of themselves. It's fantastic."
Charlotte Gill said: "Gold Duke of Edinburgh has been one of the greatest experiences I've had during my time at Herts and Essex and has brought me memories and friends that I can cherish for life.
"It not only builds on your skills beyond the classroom but it gives you a greater self-belief which you can take on to your next steps, such as university and entering the workplace."