HARD-WORKING former students were honoured for their dedication in completing a national award programme.
Eighteen ex-students at High Tunstall College of Science were invited back into school to celebrate the success of completing the Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) Silver award with the school’s next generation of adventurers.
The students looked back on a challenging 12 months which included volunteering and completing expeditions as they worked towards completing the prestigious award.
And several of them have now progressed on again as they attempt to achieve the coveted Gold award with the help of Hartlepool DofE manager Ian Turnbull, from Rossmere Youth Centre.
Mick Fenwick, assistant headteacher at the school, in Elwick Road, said: “We were extremely proud to welcome our ex-students back to the college to receive their Silver awards in front of the next generation of DofE students.
“The fact that 18 of our ex-Year 11 students completed this course is testament to the commitment and dedication of the students and staff involved in delivering the course.”
The ceremony was combined with a DofE Award information evening which was attended by more than 50 Year 10 students, all keen to follow the example of the older former pupils and complete the programme.
The students who signed up to the silver award had to complete a programme made up of four components: volunteering, physical activity, skill and an expedition.
Michael Stones, DofE Leader and humanities teacher at High Tunstall, said: “The students were an absolute credit to the school and represented us amazingly well in each element of the programme.”
Mr Fenwick added: “The award scheme has been a real partnership and we have worked closely with Ian Turnbull to develop a programme and offer the opportunity to each young person at High Tunstall which allows them to progress on to further awards with the excellent support and guidance of Ian and his team.”
Further information on the High Tunstall DofE programme can be obtained by contacting Mr Fenwick at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more details about the Hartlepool programme email Ian Turnbull at Ian.Turnbull@hartlepool.gov.uk.