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Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award for Ridgewood students

23 students received this prestigious award.

Last week, 23 of our current Year 13 students, alongside Ridgewood alumni, were presented with their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award.


The award was presented by His Royal Highness the Earl of Wessex. At the ceremony, the students were in the presence of more than 700 other Gold Award recipients from across the country. The ceremony took place at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh. Award recipients will now be joining more than 2.7 million recipients of a Duke of Edinburgh Award since 1956.


At the ceremony, the students and guests also had the privilege to meet and listen to an inspiring guest speaker, Alan Hinkes OBE. Alan Hinkes is an English Himalayan high-altitude mountaineer from Northallerton in North Yorkshire. He is the first, and remains the only, British mountaineer to claim all 14 Himalayan eight-thousanders (mountains above 8,000m in height).


We strongly encourage students at Ridgewood from Years 9 to 13 to be involved in The Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme. Over the past 61 years it has positively impacted on young people by helping with personal development and increasing employability, preparing them as a resilient generation for a changing but prosperous future.


In the future, we look forward to celebrating the successes of the 175 Ridgewood students from Years 9 to 12 who are currently completing their Bronze, Silver or Gold Awards.