DofE success at Buckingham Palace

Rodillian Academy celebrates DofE success at Buckingham Palace

On 16th May 2016, Zoey McLaughlin and Angela Heap from Rodillian Academy in Lofthouse, Leeds attended a once in a life time Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) Gold Award Presentation at Buckingham Palace, London. At the event Rodillian Academy was presented with a special plaque from the DofE Charity by celebrity supporter The Yorkshire Rows (Janette Benaddi, Helen Butters, Niki Doeg and Frances Davies), acknowledging the school’s commitment to running the DofE and thanking it for giving young people the opportunity to transform their lives.

Zoey McLaughlin, DofE Manager at Rodillian Academy attended the presentation. Speaking proudly about their involvement with the DofE, Zoey said: “Rodillian Academy has held a licence to deliver the DofE for 2 years and I feel honoured to have been invited to Buckingham Palace to receive a commemorative plaque to acknowledge and say thank you for our work with the Charity during its Diamond Anniversary year. Our young people are encouraged to push themselves outside of their comfort zones when doing their DofE and the skills that they develop can be life-changing, so for us to be involved is something very special. Dofe celebration

Peter Westgarth, Chief Executive of the DofE Charity said: “Through the DofE, Rodillian Academy is inspiring the success of its young people; equipping them with the attributes and skills to get a job and build strong relationships whilst opening up their worlds and introducing them to a broad range of interests. We are truly grateful to all of our Licensed Organisations for the work that they do, they are an integral part of the DofE family, and our Diamond Anniversary is a fantastic opportunity to say thank you.”

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