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Early Gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards for two determined students

Two Sixth Form students have completed their Gold Duke of Edinburgh awards. Will Gough and Fiona Newman are the first of their cohort to achieve this final level by pushing personal boundaries and gaining new skills while enhancing their CVs and university applications.

The Award requires young people to complete the following elements; Physical, Voluntary, Skills, Residential and finally an Expedition.

Will’s Physical was gained by sailing and he achieved his level 2 sailing and level 2 power boating while participating in the School’s sailing club. His Skills were earned in learning to drive and passing his driving test while his Volunteering was completed following a weekly placement in local nursing homes for 12 months. Will is a keen horseman and spent his Residential at an equestrian training camp.

For Fiona’s Physical she did ballet, which she has studied since she was 2 years old. Her Skills section incorporated weekly saxophone lessons and for Volunteering she used the coaching gained within Oswestry School’s Combined Cadet Force. This experience led to Fiona organising her Residential element at an Easter Cadet Leadership Course held at Nesscliffe training camp.

The Expedition saw a group of Sixth Form students canoeing along the River Vyrnwy and River Severn over 4 days and 3 nights. Both William and Fiona are thrilled to have completed this Gold Award and look forward to their invitation to the Presentation of the Award at St James Palace, London by either the HRH The Duke of Edinburgh or HRH The Earl of Wessex.