North Independent Secondary School of the Year 2020



A golden year for GSAL DofE

Thursday 6 June 2019

A record number of students from The Grammar School at Leeds (GSAL) achieved the much-coveted Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) this year, with 27 current pupils and five former students earning the top accolade.

The sun shone on the students as they attended the gold award ceremony at Buckingham Palace, some recompense for the challenging weather conditions they endured throughout their expeditions. Accompanied by head of outdoor learning, Mike Scott, 21 current Y13 students made the trip to the palace.

The Earl of Wessex presented the certificates, and remarked on how impressed he was to see so many from GSAL, a fitting tribute to the hard work that goes into achieving such a prestigious award.

Mike Scott said: “We’re hugely proud that 32 of our students and recent leavers achieved their gold awards this year, a record-breaking number for GSAL. They showed great commitment in completing the award alongside the demands of their academic work.

“They’ve challenged themselves, developed new skills and learned how to work well with others, an experience which will stand them in good stead in the future.”

To achieve the Gold DofE award, candidates must demonstrate achievement in five areas – volunteering, developing or learning a new skill, physical activity, an expedition and a residential.

Current pupils receiving their gold awards this year are: Harris Aldridge, Edward Clark, Nathan Daniels, Leyan Edhem, Julia Fierek, Emma Hope, Hollye Hudson, Gabrielle Jackson, James Jackson, Emma Johnson, Beth Jordan, Rohan Karthik, Nicole Kelly, Omar Ladak, Abbie MacLeod, Katie Mahoney, Stephen Rawes, Emily Sambidge, Saskia Simmons, Roshan Singh-Morgan, Georgia Sixsmith, Robert Southby, Issie Sutton, Lucy Toogood, Holly Tunstall, Georgia Turton and Elise Waldron-Hoines.

Five former students also achieved gold – Eric Rodriguez Boidi, Daniel Saveliev, Lucy Poskitt, Nick McLean and Aditya Tambe.

GSAL’s Gold DofE award recipients are pictured with Mike Scott (left) at Buckingham Palace.

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