News release: Royal date for Bedminster Down

Bedminster Down School will collect their official Duke of Edinburgh accreditation and a gold award for teacher Abbie Burrell at St James’s Palace tomorrow (Wednesday 26 November).

Bedminster Down takes 30 pupils a year through the award scheme and has now successfully become a centre that other schools, colleges and youth clubs can use for their young people to gain the award.

French teacher Abbie Burrell will be collecting her gold award from HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, which she achieved over five years while at college and university. Her diverse activities to achieve the highest award possible included learning the guitar, leading a Brownie camp, hiking over Dartmoor and improving her swimming.

Throughout her DofE Abbie was able to prove her leadership, team and determination and hopes to inspire more young people to take part through her role at Bedminster Down.

Abbie Burrell commented:

“I’m so glad I stuck to the programme and the day has arrived when I collect my gold award. It really helps that you are able to pick up bits of the scheme to complete over a number of years.

“Learning new skills and developing my resilience and determination will help me in my teaching career, and I’m looking forward to encouraging more Bedminster Down students to take part and showing them that they can do the same.”

Headteacher Gary Schlick said:

“We’re very proud of getting several students a year through the challenging stages of the Duke of Edinburgh Award. Now we have formal centre accreditation we can guide more young people from south Bristol communities towards achieving the standards that will help them stand out for future employers.”

Notes for Editors

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· The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award was founded in 1956 by its Patron HRH The Duke of Edinburgh. HRH The Earl of Wessex is a Trustee.

· Over 300,000 young people are currently taking part in DofE programmes in the UK, at 12,735 DofE centres, supported by 902 partner organisations and around 50,000 adult volunteers from all walks of life.

· Last year, 240,796 young people started a DofE programme.

· 108,288 achieved a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

· In total, over 5.1 million people have participated in DofE programmes in the UK and achieved over 2.2 million Awards since 1956.

· A survey of major employers, commissioned by the United Learning Trust, found that a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is the most highly valued experience when selecting employees.

· There are over 850,000 young people currently participating globally in over 140 countries and territories.

· Since 1956, over eight million people have taken part across the world, highlighting how the DofE can truly transcend boundaries of race, language, ethnicity and culture.

· The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is a Registered Charity No 1072490 and in Scotland

No SC038254 and a Royal Charter Corporation RC000806.

· Further information can be found at

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