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On Thursday 26th February Year 13 students were honoured for their Duke of Edinburgh achievements during a special awards ceremony, held at Hope University Chapel.

With friends and families in attendance Mrs Silcock praised students for their dedication and hard work demonstrated during the programme’s Silver category. Students receiving their award completed the scheme’s four components, volunteering, physical, skills and the most challenging section of the Duke of Edinburgh, a three day and two night expedition in Ruthin, North Wales.

We were honoured that special guest Corporal Andy Reid was able to present our students with their awards. Andy lost both his legs and his right arm after stepping on an IED plate whilst serving with the 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment in Afghanistan in 2009. Despite the severity of his injuries, Andy’s positive mind-set has helped him to move forward. By setting numerous long term goals, Andy’s list of achievements continues to grow, from tandem skydiving, to completing the Washington D.C. Marathon, and climbing Snowdon to mark the fifth anniversary since the events in Afghanistan. Andy’s road to recovery and his achievements since 2009 are remarkable and truly inspirational and we would like to thank him not only for attending but for providing our students and the audience with such an inspirational and informative speech.

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Headteacher Mrs Silcock with special guest Andy Reid

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