Published 16 November 2017

The Earl of Wessex has visited three 3 sites in North-East London that offer The Duke of Edinburgh Award to hear how the Award has been making a positive impact in the community.

Founded by The Duke of Edinburgh in 1956, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) is the world's leading youth achievement award.

The Earl started his DofE tour at Leyton sixth form college, which has been leading the way with utilising the DofE as part of their study programme, which seem has seen a dramatic increase in the numbers of opportunities for young people to take part.

The college is committed to keeping costs down, which makes the programme accessible to all.

Approximately 150 students from the college are taking part in DofE, and the sixth form currently has an achievement rate well over the national average.

Next His Royal Highness visited the Harris Academy Tottenham, a school that started its DofE provision in September this year.

The Earl met lots of students from the school, who were taking part in activities that will help them with the different challenges they may face to complete the award.

Before departing, His Royal Highness presented the school with DofE license certificate as becomes the newest school in the federation to be accredited.

The final stop on the tour was the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, which has for far helped 250 young people start the DofE.

His Royal Highness chatted to some of the students who are being supported by the foundation and was shown some of the new skills that are being learnt.

The day finished with some speeches and The Earl hearing about some the success stories - congratulations everyone!

 

If you want to learn more about the scheme, click HERE.