Golden generation in Duke’s scheme

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A RECORD number of students at a Doncaster school are going for gold in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.

Trinity Academy, in Thorne, has seen a huge increase in students wanting to take part in the challenging Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Five sixth-formers have just struck gold in completing the scheme to the highest level and will soon travel to St James’ Palace, in London, to be presented with their awards.

The Trinity students were among just 11 from the Doncaster area to secure the top accolade. Pupils took part in an four day expedition to Snowdonia, as well as a conservation project and sports coaching.

Fourteen lower-sixth students are also well on the road to receiving the prestigious award, which for the past 55 years have challenged young people mentally and physically and developed their individual, leadership and team skills.

David Thomson, scheme expedition leader at Trinity Academy, said: “The scheme is well known for its expedition which pushes students to meet challenges they would not normally face.”

He said interest in the scheme was spreading.