Mr T. Braybrook, Deputy Headteacher, writes:
On Tuesday 26th June, a group of Year 10 and 12 students attended an event at the University of Hertfordshire that was visited by Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex. The event involved a number of schools and youth organisations that take part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award. Each school show cased an element of its offer to students that was special or different.
The Year 12 students who attended the event were Jasmine Gaydon and Caitlin Watts (Stanborough’s very own Duke of Edinburgh Ambassador) and the Year 10 students were Josephine Clayton, Charlie Earnshaw, James Hardy and Charlotte Kerr.
The Prince arrived right on time and then visited each stall. When he finally arrived at the Stanborough Stall he first spoke to the Year 12 students, Mrs Elliott and Luc Elliott (a former student who achieved the Gold Award) about how the Award runs at Stanborough and the upcoming expedition to the Brecon Beacons. He then moved on to the Year 10 students who spoke to the Prince about their kayak expedition for the Bronze Award that they had completed only a few days previously.
The students were confident with the Prince and had a good conversation with him. He commented on how fortunate they were to have the option of doing their expedition in a variety of ways. After his tour of all the groups, two lucky students (Caitlin and Josephine) were then able to go upstairs for a special lunch with the Prince where the discussion continued (lots of small talk about tennis I hear!).
This was an amazing opportunity for our students, not only to meet a member of the royal family, but to also show off the fantastic work that the students do to achieve their Duke of Edinburgh Awards. Well done to all those who attended and many thanks as ever to Mrs Elliott for running and organising the Duke of Edinburgh Award at Stanborough which is such an amazing opportunity for our students.