Royal invite for Hydesville

Mr McGinnes and Mr Turner attended a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) Gold Award Presentation ceremony at Buckingham Palace earlier this week.

They were presented with a special plaque from the DofE Charity, acknowledging Hydesville Tower School’s commitment to running the award and thanking the School for giving young people the opportunity to transform their lives.

HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, HRH The Earl of Wessex and HRH The Countess of Wessex congratulated those who attended the Gold Award Presentation, including young Gold Award achievers, organisations that deliver the DofE and special guests such as corporate supporters and DofE Diamond Challengers, who have set themselves a personal challenge to raise money for the DofE Charity in its anniversary year.

The DofE is celebrating its Diamond Anniversary in 2016, having supported millions of young people in the UK and across the globe to achieve DofE Awards since it was founded in 1956. The prestigious Gold Award Presentation at Buckingham Palace is one of many memorable events taking place to celebrate 60 years of the Charity.

Mr McGinnes said: “Mr Turner and I feel honoured to have been invited to Buckingham Palace to receive our commemorative plaque to acknowledge and say thank you for Hydesville’s work with the Charity during this special Diamond Anniversary year. Hydesville has a proud tradition of delivering the DofE and by doing so our pupils develop many vital and transferable skills vital for life and work beyond school.  For us, being involved in DofE is very special.”

Hydesville Tower School is a Directly Licensed Centre for DofE which enables us to deliver the programme as an extra-curricular activity for Year 10 pupils in School.   The experience is open to children aged from 14 and there are three levels of award – bronze (aged 14+), silver (aged 15+) and gold (aged 16+). The bronze award has four sections; Volunteering, Physical, Skills and Expedition. Pupils complete a minimum of three months activity for each of the Volunteering, Physical and Skills sections and plan, train for and undertake a two day/one night expedition. To find out more see

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