High Sheriff of Shropshire visits to present Duke of Edinburgh Awards

The High Sheriff of Shropshire, Mr Richard Burbidge OBE, visited the School recently to present Duke of Edinburgh Bronze and Silver awards to a group of successful pupils.

The visit by the High Sheriff, accompanied by his wife, included a tour of the School with one of the Prefects, Alex Owen, a meeting with the Headmaster and lunch with a group of 6th Formers who have completed their Gold Award. 

The Headmaster, Brendan Wignall, parents and members of staff who support the Duke of Edinburgh programme were present at this years awards ceremony. Four pupils had  successfully completed their Bronze awards and an additional 14 students completed their Silver awards.

The School has been actively involved in the Duke of Edinburgh Awards since the 1960s and every year, students are encouraged to complete either the Bronze, Silver or Gold awards, with a number currently waiting for their invitation to one of the Royal Palaces for the presentations by a member of the Royal Family.

Most of the Silver awardees are now in the Lower Sixth studying either A Levels or the International Baccalaureate, with a majority of them working towards their Gold awards. Some will be travelling to Marrakesh, Morocco to climb the High Atlas mountains and help with a community build whilst others continue on Roslyn McCarthys, former Duke of Edinburgh Gold coordinator, tradition of a canoeing expedition along the River Wye to complete their expedition section of the award.

Mr Cowley, Head of Mathematics and Bronze Award Coordinator, commented, These awards involve much hard work and commitment from participants. Pupils gaining such an award must satisfy criteria in physical activity, learning a new skill, volunteering service and an expedition. They are encouraged to show teamwork and consideration for others. They should be proud of their achievements.

25th May 2011  Back to News