Windsor High School and Sixth Form celebrates DofE success at Buckingham Palace
On 16th May 2016 Mr Keith Sorrell, CEO of Windsor Academy Trust, Mr Richard Lowe, DofE Co-ordinator and Miss Emily Foley, former Sixth Form student, attended a once in a life time Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) Gold Award Presentation at Buckingham Palace, London. At the event Windsor High School and Sixth Form was presented with a special plaque from the DofE Charity by celebrity supporters Oliver Phelps and James Phelps (George and Fred Weasley from the Harry Potter Films), acknowledging the school’s commitment to running the DofE and thanking it for giving young people the opportunity to transform their lives.
The DofE is celebrating its Diamond Anniversary throughout 2016, having supported millions of young people in the UK and across the globe to achieve DofE Awards since it was founded in 1956. The prestigious Gold Award Presentation at Buckingham Palace is one of many memorable events taking place to celebrate 60 years of the Charity.
Members of the Royal Family; HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, HRH The Earl of Wessex and HRH The Countess of Wessex, congratulated those that were present including young Gold Award achievers, organisations that deliver the DofE and special guests such as corporate supporters and DofE Diamond Challengers, who have set themselves a personal challenge to raise money for the DofE Charity in its anniversary year.
Windsor High School and Sixth Form has been delivering the DofE for many years, young people have achieved a DofE Award after volunteering in their community, learning a skill, getting fit, going on an expedition and, for Gold, taking part in a week-long residential. Doing a DofE programme significantly impacts young people’s futures, enabling them to develop vital skills for life and work, such as confidence, commitment, resilience and team work. Widely acknowledged as the world’s leading achievement award for young people, Windsor High School and Sixth Form hold a licence to deliver DofE programmes to anyone between the ages of 14-24 years old.
Mr Lowe, DofE Co-ordinator at Windsor High School and Sixth Form attended the presentation. Speaking proudly about their involvement with the DofE, Mr Lowe said: “I feel honoured to have been invited to Buckingham Palace to receive a commemorative plaque to acknowledge and say thank you for our work with the Charity during it’s Diamond Anniversary year. Our young people are encouraged to push themselves outside of their comfort zones when doing their DofE and the skills that they develop can be life-changing, so for us to be involved is something very special. It was made extra special, and we are proud to say that Emily Foley from Windsor High School and Sixth Form received her Gold DofE Award at the Palace on the same day. The first Gold award to be achieved by a Windsor High School and Sixth Form student.”
Peter Westgarth, Chief Executive of the DofE Charity said: “Through the DofE, Windsor High School and Sixth Form is inspiring the success of its young people; equipping them with the attributes and skills to get a job and build strong relationships whilst opening up their worlds and introducing them to a broad range of interests. We are truly grateful to all of our Licensed Organisations for the work that they do, they are an integral part of the DofE family, and our Diamond Anniversary is a fantastic opportunity to say thank you.”
Currently, there are over 300,000 young people doing a DofE programme across the UK through a variety of centres including both state and independent schools, special schools, businesses, prisons, young offender institutions, housing associations and youth groups.
To celebrate its 60th year, the Charity has launched the DofE Diamond Challenge. This one-off initiative allows people of all ages to take on a DofE inspired challenge and earn their Diamond Pin. Signing up to The DofE Diamond Challenge has an amazing double benefit – whilst challenging yourself, pushing your boundaries, you’re also raising money for the DofE Charity so that it can transform the lives of more young people and offer free places and bursary grants to those most in need.
Visit www.DofE.org for more information about the DofE, and to find out how you can support the Charity in its Diamond Anniversary year, go to www.DofEDiamondChallenge.org.