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Head of Year 12 celebrates 25 Years of DofE Service at St James‘ Palace

Stella Sanders, Head of Year 12, PE Teacher and Duke of Edinburgh leader, has been awarded with a certificate of recognition to celebrate 25 years of service to the Duke of Edinburgh scheme.

The certificate was presented to Mrs Sanders by the Duke of Edinburgh at St James’ Palace earlier this month, during the Gold Presentation Award Ceremony. She was thanked for her part in inspiring, supporting and guiding young people in their self-development, and for her continued hard work. Mrs Sanders’ commitment to the scheme enables the school to be a directly licensed Duke of Edinburgh centre that offers Gold, Silver and Bronze level, a unique benefit in the local area.

As well as Mrs Sanders’ remarkable recognition, past students also attended to receive their Gold level awards. Emily Gilmour, Henrietta Lowen Cooper, Anna Carter Roberts, Nicola Twinning and Helen Carter Roberts returned from university for the ceremony and enjoyed the opportunity to meet the Duke of Edinburgh.

All of the students have been further inspired by their Gold Duke of Edinburgh experiences. Emily, who is currently studying Dentistry, undertook her Gold Assessment expedition on the Isle of Man, then swam many open water courses in the Thames, reservoirs and lakes for her physical section. Anna played Netball for her physical section and played for England Nets in South Africa. Inspired by her Volunteering section, Nicola has recently travelled to Africa to teach A-Level maths as part of her continued volunteering through the University of Warwick. Helen went to Ghana for her residential section, where she worked on a medical placement and is now studying Medicine at university.

Mrs Sanders comments: “It is amazing to see the incredible, life changing opportunities the Duke of Edinburgh Award creates. Of course, the girls have to dig deep and undertake all five sections of the award over 18 months, but this determination and motivation has ensured they join the growing number of Beaconsfield High School Gold Award holders.”

Sara Thornton CBE, who is the first head of the National Police Chiefs' Council and the former Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police, made an inspiring speech, highlighting that the ceremony took place on International Women's Day and that, rather aptly, there were more young women than young men receiving awards.