A Royal Duke of Edinburgh’s Award visit for SLGGS

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A Royal Duke of Edinburgh’s Award visit for Simon Langton Girls’ Grammar School

HRH The Earl of Wessex spent time with young people, teachers and volunteers from across Kent who are involved in The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) on 4th March 2020 during a visit to Dover Christ Church Academy. The visit was planned to thank local schools and organisations who run the DofE for their young people and showcase how doing the DofE could benefit more young people, schools, business and youth organisations in the area who are not yet involved.

During his visit, The Earl met young people who act as DofE Ambassadors, they discussed with him what the role means to them. SLGGS students, Eloise and Tabitha were with seven other DofE Ambassadors from Brockhill Park Performing Arts College and Dover College. They had all met ahead of the event, in order to plan their presentation to The Earl. Mrs Scully and Mrs Stavri attended the event with the students.

The visit follows on from the recent launch of The Experience List: 25 of the best character hacks for teens, a checklist of 25 experiences that can build teenagers’ confidence, independence and resilience, supporting their positive mental health and wellbeing and standing them in good stead for success in the workplace and beyond. To build the list, the DofE surveyed more than 4,000 people including members of the public, business leaders, education professionals, parents and young people. Many of the experiences and activities that appear on the List can be done as part of the DofE.

Achieving a DofE Award helps young people to enhance both personal and professional skills, empowering them to unlock their potential. It provides young people with the opportunity to have new experiences whilst volunteering, learning a skill, getting fit, planning and going on an expedition and, at Gold Level, taking part in a residential activity. Any young person aged 14-24 years old can do their DofE, regardless of ability, gender, background or location and it isn’t a competition or about being first; it’s all about setting personal challenges and pushing personal boundaries.

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Mrs Scully, Headteacher at Simon Langton Girls’ Grammar School said:

‘’It was a pleasure to support our students at such a prestigious event. I would like to thank The Earl for visiting us in Kent and for raising the profile of the DofE, The award benefits our young people and has a positive impact on their wellbeing and the local community.’’

Scott Smith, DofE Assessor, for The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, added:

“Doing the DofE takes young people out of their comfort zone and supports them in building a vital set of skills for life and work, such as confidence, resilience and communication, as well as providing the foundations for life-long friendships. We are grateful to all our DofE Licensed Organisations in the area for their commitment to supporting young people with their personal and professional development and encourage other schools, businesses and youth organisations who see the value in offering this opportunity to their young people to get in touch to explore how the DofE can help them.”

For further information on the DofE, visit www.DofE.org

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) is the world’s leading youth achievement award that develops over 460,000 young people for life and work every year in the UK. Founded by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh in 1956, the DofE is currently being delivered in DofE centres such as schools, youth clubs and prisons, supported by over 3,500 partner organisations and approximately 40,000 adult volunteers from all walks of life.

In total, over 6.5 million people have participated in DofE programmes in the UK and achieved over 3 million Awards since 1956. In 2018/2019, 153,284 achieved a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

The DofE is supported by UK employers including British Gas, RSM, Amey, Heathrow, DFS and Royal Mail who endorse the skills and attributes developed whilst doing a DofE programme such as resilience, commitment, self-motivation and team working.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is a Registered Charity No 1072490 and in Scotland No SC038254 and a Royal Charter Corporation RC000806.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation is a Registered Charity in England and Wales, No 1072453. There are more than 1.3 million young people currently participating globally in more than 130 countries and territories.