The annual Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Presentation Evening celebrated the achievements of the more than 300 pupils who this year took part in the Award at Bronze, Silver and Gold levels.
The audience enjoyed an evening of dance, music, speeches and video, before the presentation of certificates by special guest, adventurer Jason Rawles.
Mr Rawles, who has travelled through many inhospitable and challenging terrains, spoke of his appreciation for the Award and the many benefits which it brings: the challenge of the expeditions, time spent outdoors, the great friendships and the appreciation of others’ abilities.
Sixth former Seun Odusanya, who recently visited Buckingham Palace to receive her Gold Award, spoke about her experience and enjoyment of the scheme, and the many new skills she learnt.
Steve Pownall, the school’s Duke of Edinburgh Award Co-ordinator, will retire at the end of this year and Headmaster Andrew Chicken thanked Mr Pownall who has helped countless boys and girls successfully navigate the challenging, yet exceptionally rewarding, scheme. Paul Griffiths, North of England Operations Manager for the Duke of Edinburgh Award and teacher Ruth Groves, who set up the scheme at Stockport Grammar School over 25 years ago, made a special presentation to Mr Pownall.
Laura Turner will be taking over from Mr Pownall and continuing the school’s work as an Independent Operating Authority for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
Our thanks to parent of former pupils David Kent who compered the evening and spoke about the continuing positive impact of the scheme for his own children.