Clemency's Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award

Congratulations to Clemency, one of our former Sixth Form students who was awarded her DofE Gold award last week in London. She has written the following about her experience of the DofE scheme at Clifton High School. DofE is just one of many extra-curricular activites on offer to Year 12 and 13 students at CHS.

"In year twelve I enrolled in the Clifton High School Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award programme.

This entailed completing five separate task sections, which all proved to be great challenges made up of;

A number of practice hikes followed by a 5 day final expedition

- A full week residential chalet cooking course

- Assisting in the junior department of Clifton High for over eighteenmonths

- Participating in the hockey team    

I loved every part of achieving this award and it has provided me with qualities that are recognised by universities and employers alike.

It has shown me how to work in a team to help get the best results, prepared me to make challenging commitments and to demonstrate that any goal is possible if you put your mind to it. Although it was tough at times I really enjoyed the week on Dartmoor, even though I rather tragically dropped my rucksack in a river!!

I would highly recommend partaking in such a great and enjoyable opportunity. Achieving the Gold award contributes to UCAS points and helped me to get a place at Plymouth which was my first choice university. It has helped me to realise that I am capable of going 'the extra mile' to achieve a goal.

The highlight of the whole experience was meeting the Duke of Edinburgh himself. Travelling up to St James's Palace to be presented with my Gold award Certificate was a special day, which I will never forget. The Duke of Edinburgh takes a huge personal interest in the programme and was very interested in all of our experiences. He was very natural and made us all laugh.

I would like to thank Clifton High School for this wonderful opportunity and for helping me to complete the programme and providing me with these important life skills."