Duke of Edinburgh students collect much-deserved awards

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A SCHOOL welcomed the return of its former students to celebrate them receiving a prestigious award.

High Tunstall College of Science, in Elwick Road, Hartlepool, welcomed ex year 11 students back to the school to mark their success in achieving the Duke of Edinburgh’s Silver Award.

The awards evening was attended by 18 students who were all rewarded on the evening following the challenging 12-month charity programme.

And they were watched by around 50 year 10 students – who are due to start the Duke of Edinburgh programme – and their parents and carers.

Mick Fenwick, assistant headteacher, said: “We’re extremely proud to welcome our students back to the college to receive their Silver Awards in front of the next generation of Duke of Edinburgh students. We are an established and growing Duke of Edinburgh centre and the only 11 to 16-year-old school in Hartlepool to have students completing their Silver awards. The fact that 18 of our ex Year 11 students have completed this course is testament to the commitment and dedication of the students and staff involved in delivering the course.”

The students completed a programme which includes four components including volunteering, physical, skill and the expedition.

Michael Stones, Duke of Edinburgh 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 their programme. It’s been great to be involved in one of the many superb extra-curricular opportunities on offer at our school.

“I’ve really seen the students develop personally and have been amazed by their commitment to the programme in all elements.”

For further information on the High Tunstall Duke of Edinburgh programme contact Mick on mfenwick@hightunstall.hartlepool.sch.uk