A record number of Hamptonians attended Buckingham Palace this year in recognition of achieving their Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
Hosted by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, 29 current and former pupils were honoured for completing the challenging programme. This is the largest annual cohort of Hampton DofE Gold winners to be recognised since the scheme launched in the 1950s and included alumni dating back to 2018, and three current Upper Sixth pupils.
It was a wonderful day of celebration for the award-winners, their families and the Hampton staff members who have supported the Hamptonians to achieve their awards.
The Gold Award, which involves five demanding sections including volunteering, physical, skill, expedition, and residential sections, is recognised as a major achievement by educators and future employers and stands recipients in good stead for the future, no matter the path they take.
Senior Tutor, David Clarke, who has successfully headed a thriving Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme at Hampton for over 30 years, and who retires at the end of the summer term, praised all involved:
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Achieving Gold is a remarkable feat and Hamptonians deserve much credit for their perseverance and dedication in completing the award, while also Managing to excel across many other areas of School life. Congratulations to all!