Ellesmere students visit Buckingham Palace to collect Duke of Edinburgh awards

By Aimee Jones | Ellesmere | School events | Published:

A group of current and former Shropshire students were invited to Buckingham Palace to collect an award and meet royalty.

Six students from Ellesmere College picked up their gold Duke of Edinburgh award at Buckingham Palace

Six students from Ellesmere College picked up their gold Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) award at a special ceremony last week.

Ellie Hutchings, Adam Crossman, Jemima Burgess-Thomas, Dylan Evans, Sam Nieto and Tom Hills also had the chance to speak to the Duke of Gloucester, Prince Richard, about their experiences.

Jim Underhill, Gold Duke of Edinburgh Leader at Ellesmere College, said: "This was a wonderful day for all our students who took part in the scheme and obtained the Gold award - it was an experience to enjoy and will live with those who took part for the rest of their lives.

“We are immensely proud of the achievements of all our gold award winners.


“They work hard to ensure they complete their academic studies but the DofE Award adds another set of life skills to help them in their future careers."

The awards were presented by Sean Rose, a skiing Paralympic World Champion, after giving an inspirational speech to the group.

The Ellesmere College students were among 3,000 people from across the country who were given their awards on the day.


Headmaster of Ellesmere College, Brendan Wignall, added: "The scheme is an asset to the growth and development of our young people across the country.

“Taking part strengthens character and provides a unique perspective and insight for those involved.

“It is amazing to think that this scheme helps to prepare nearly half a million young people for life and work across the country every year, we value it very highly here at Ellesmere College."

Aimee Jones

By Aimee Jones

Senior reporter based at the Shropshire Star's Shrewsbury office, covering Shrewsbury, North Shropshire and South Shropshire.


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