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On Tuesday 16th September 2014 we celebrated our first Bronze Completion evening for the Duke of Edinburgh programme at Hope University Chapel.

Over 100 of our students attended to receive their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award and brought along guests to witness their achievement.

The evening was opened by Mrs Silcock who congratulated everyone for all their hard work and commitment to the programme. The students were then invited up onto the stage to receive their badge and certificate and have their photograph taken.

Guest Speaker Alan Hinkes OBE with Headteacher Mrs Silcock

Guest Speaker Alan Hinkes OBE with Headteacher Mrs Silcock

To help the young people celebrate the evening Alan Hinkes OBE gave a talk and presented the young people with their certificate.

Alan is the first Briton to climb the world’s highest mountains. These are the fourteen 8,000 metre peaks, all of which are in the ‘death zone’, where human survival rate is measured in hours. They are the most dangerous mountains on the planet. Alan is part of an exclusive club of only 12 people alive who have achieved this feat, which is the same number of people who have stood on the moon.

 “The evening was a huge success thanks to the hard work that the students and staff have put in to the Duke of Edinburgh programme. The Bronze award is a fantastic achievement for everyone involved and you should be really proud of yourselves! I hope to see you all progressing to the Silver level!”

Jo Roberts, Operations Officer, The DofE – North of England

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