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A phenomenal 19 Derwen College students and graduates were at Buckingham Palace on Friday, receiving their Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards at a reception hosted by Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Edward. We are hugely proud that a total of 23 students and former students were invited to the palace to celebrate achieving the top Gold standard.

To reach Gold is extremely impressive, taking dedication and commitment. It’s no exaggeration to say that these intrepid young men and women have seen blood, sweat and tears along the way.

Graduate Mary collected her award from the palace earlier in the week, and student Ellie had to postpone her big day, and will be attending later in the year.

Thanks to Flora’s mum for sharing this lovely story about Flora’s special day:

“Flora and I had a lovely day and it was great to see the other Derwen students again and celebrate together. Flora had a small seizure when we were in the front courtyard of the palace (too excited!). We were taken inside the palace till she felt better and then instead of going back out and round to the garden we were taken by a footman through the palace and came out the door the king apparently uses. Flora is feeling very special now. Please pass our thanks and admiration to DofE Manager Steve for all that he helped out young people to achieve.”

Graduate Amy (AJ) enjoyed the day and took the opportunity to remember former student Caitlin, who sadly passed away two years ago, before she had the chance to complete her Gold Award. Amy wore a butterfly badge in remembrance of Caitlin
Amy said: “I’ve had an amazing day, it is a little bit sad as Caitlin should be with us making us laugh but I know she will be looking down on us.”

Former student Sam, says: “I was so proud to achieve my Gold DofE. It was the best feeling and we going to Buckingham Palace to celebrate with all my DofE friends was one of the best days of my life!”

Ciara’s Mum, Fiona, said: “Ciara had a wonderful time. She would never had achieved it this if Derwen staff hadn’t believed in her and given her the opportunities. Steve and his team have given her so much confidence.”

Congratulations to all our DofE legends.

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