St Gerard’s School Trust celebrates DofE success with
pupil at Buckingham Palace


Last week, one of our pupils from St Gerard’s School Trust in Bangor, Gwynedd attended a presentation in the gardens of Buckingham Palace, London, where they received their Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award from guest presenter, Alistair Stewart, after sharing their experiences with The Princess Royal.

During the Gold Award Presentation, HRH congratulated the pupil from St Gerard’s School Trust on their successes and heard about their DofE journeys, which took each young person 12-18 months of hard work and dedication.

Those who achieve a Gold DofE Award will volunteer, learn a skill, get fit, take part in a week long residential and plan and undertake an expedition in Wild Country. Widely acknowledged as the world’s leading achievement award for young people, DofE programmes enable any young person, aged 14-24, to develop key skills for life and work, such as confidence, commitment and team working.             

Speaking about his DofE experience, Michael Leonard, who was awarded his Gold Award at last week’s presentation, said, “The DoE programme has been a very worthwhile experience, and I would recommend it without reserve to others.  The teamwork and leadership skills that I have acquired in the process of achieving my gold award will quite genuinely last me a lifetime.

There are currently around 420,000 young people taking part in a DofE programme across the UK through a variety of centres including both state and independent schools, special schools, businesses, prisons, young offender institutions and youth groups.

To find out more about the DofE and how it enables young people to succeed, please visit 

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