St Gerard’s School Trust celebrates DofE success with
pupil at Buckingham Palace


Last week, one of our pupils attended a presentation in the gardens of Buckingham Palace, London, where he received the Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award from guest presenter, Alistair Stewart. He was also able to share his experiences with The Princess Royal.

During the Gold Award Presentation, HRH congratulated Michael on his achievement and listened carefully to his DofE journey, that took him 12-18 months of hard work and dedication.

Those who achieve a Gold DofE Award will volunteer, learn a skill, get fit, take part in a week long residential and plan and undertake an expedition in wild country. Widely acknowledged as the world’s leading achievement award for young people, DofE programmes enable any young person, aged 14-24, to develop key skills for life and work, such as confidence, commitment and teamwork.             

Speaking about his DofE experience, Michael Leonard said, “The DoE programme has been a very worthwhile experience, and I would recommend it without reservation to others.  The teamwork and leadership skills that I have acquired in the process of achieving my gold award will quite genuinely last me a lifetime.

There are currently around 420,000 young people taking part in a DofE programme across the UK through a variety of centres including both state and independent schools, special schools, businesses, prisons, young offender institutions and youth groups.

To find out more about the DofE and how it enables young people to succeed, please visit 

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