On Thursday 17 May, four former Hill House School pupils attended a presentation at Buckingham Palace, London, where they received their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards from celebrity presenter, Natalie Rushdie, after sharing their experiences with HRH The Princess Royal.
During the Gold Award Presentation, HRH Princess Anne took the opportunity to congratulate the group from Hill House School on their successes and listened to the pupils talk of the hard work and dedication it took to complete the award alongside studying for their A Levels. To achieve a Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award, pupils must volunteer, learn a skill, get fit, take part in a week long residential and plan and undertake an expedition in wild country. Widely acknowledged as the world’s leading achievement award for young people, the Gold Award takes 18 months to complete.
Mr Barnett, Hill House School’s Duke of Edinburgh coordinator, attended the presentation to see the group receive their Gold Awards, and said, “It was a pleasure to meet with and witness former pupils of Hill House School receive their Gold Award. Achieving this award at such a high standard is not an easy task; it is true testament to their hard work and perseverance and has helped them develop essential key skills for the future.”