Old Stopfordians got the royal treatment when they collected their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards at St James’s Palace.
Former pupils Matthew Allison, Robert Clarke, Catriona Leggat, Vinayak Mandagere, James Ruddock, Jake Saunders, Elizabeth Worthington and Laura Wynne went to St James’s Palace where they celebrated their achievement with HRH Prince Philip, the Award’s patron, before actress Dame Helen Mirren presented them with their certificates.
During her speech, Dame Helen said
What a fantastic room to celebrate this achievement and what an honour it is to share the celebration with you. You are the gold of our country. You’ve demonstrated discipline, consistency and concentration, you’ve faced untold challenges.
Mr Pownall, who runs the Duke of Edinburgh programme at school, said:
The pupils were delighted to travel to the palace and meet HRH Prince Philip and Dame Helen Mirren. The Gold Award is a remarkable achievement and the school is very proud of them.
The Award, which requires participants to commit to activities to develop skills and physical challenges as well as carrying out volunteering that benefits their community. Stockport Grammar School is an independent operating authority for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award with 324 pupils currently enrolled across all levels.
All Old Stopfordians are invited to join us for the Stockport Grammar School summer reunion barbeque on Saturday 18th June 2016 between 12 noon and 3pm. The occasion will also celebrate the school’s Duke of Edinburgh’s Award programme.