Former pupils receive the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award at Buckingham Palace
This week, three alumni were invited to receive their Duke of Edinburgh Gold award in the Buckingham Palace garden presented by the Countess and Earl of Wessex and Prince Micheal of Kent.
Oliver Williams (Raleigh, 2017), Annie Fenton (Howe, 2014) and Ben Banks (St Vincent, 2017) were recognised for achieving the highest level of the scheme that requires hundreds of hours of dedication and service. To achieve the award participants must engage and be assessed in four key areas; volunteering, physical and skills, expedition and residential.
Their journey towards gold started at RHS with all Year 9 pupils being encouraged to take part in the scheme. The school is one of a few to be awarded the status of an Independent Operating Authority with expeditions taking place locally and in Scotland (Rannoch Moor) or Northumberland (Cheviot Hills). There is also the option to complete the expedition on water in the school's Cornish Shrimpers or on horse-back. Oliver Williams chose to complete his Gold expedition in a Canadian canoe with an external provider.