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Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award Celebrated With Buckingham Palace Invitation

A teacher at Holy Trinity School and Sixth Form Centre in Kidderminster has returned from Buckingham Palace after being presented with her Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award.

PE teacher Arabella Withers attended Buckingham Palace to receive her Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award from HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Edward, at a wonderful garden party in Buckingham Palace Gardens.

Said Arabella: “It was an amazing day and I feel very lucky to have been able to visit the private gardens of the Royal Family.

“It made all the hard work it took to complete the Duke of Edinburgh Award so worthwhile especially those rainy, cold nights on expedition on the Brecon Beacons.”

The Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award requires participants to complete a minimum of twelve months of volunteering, twelve months of Physical Activity, six months of learning a new skill, a four day/three-night expedition and a five day/four-night residential stay.

Headteacher Pamela Leek-Wright commented: “We are all thrilled for Arabella who is clearly an excellent role model of resilience, perseverance and self-motivation for our young people and I hope that her success encourages others to embark on and complete the D of E qualification.”

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