Pupils receive Royal seal of approval from award founder

Benedict Ryan, Eleanor Little, Norman Gill (Sheffield D of E Manager), Molly Gill (Sheffield D of E Field Development Worker), Alice Cordwell, Stephanie Beech
Benedict Ryan, Eleanor Little, Norman Gill (Sheffield D of E Manager), Molly Gill (Sheffield D of E Field Development Worker), Alice Cordwell, Stephanie Beech
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FOUR Sheffield students met the man himself when they were presented with their gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards in Scotland.

Benedict Ryan, Eleanor Little, Alice Cordwell and Stephanie Beech of Notre Dame High School in Sheffield, met Prince Philip, who founded the awards, at the Palace of Holyrood House in Edinburgh.

The Notre Dame students were presented with their certificates by Justin Morgan, coach at rugby super league team Hull Kingston Rovers.

To achieve the gold award, students have to carry out voluntary work for 12 months, commit 18 months to a sport and a skill and complete a four-day hiking expedition in the wild.

The Sheffield students’ expedition took place in the Glencoe region of Scotland near Fort William.

It involved camping over night and navigating by day in some of the most wild and barren parts of Scotland.

Another seven students from Notre Dame High School, who have also gained the gold award, will receive their certificates at St James’s Palace in London.

The award scheme was founded by Prince Philip in 1956 to give young people ‘a sense of responsibility to themselves and their communities’.

With the students were Norman Gill, Sheffield D of E manager and development worker Molly Gill.