The River Thames outside DLD College London

Charlotte Achieves her Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award

31st January 22

Head of School, Charlotte, has recently completed her Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award which is a huge achievement and she is also one of the youngest to be achieve the award.  Charlotte has progressed through all three levels of the Award – Bronze, Silver and Gold – throughout her time at DLD, first under the guidance of ex Learning Support Manager, Charlie Pinel and latterly with Boarding Houseparent, Jan Haines.

In total she has spent 200 hours volunteering at Waterloo Food Bank and as Head of School at DLD and 150 hours respectively completing the physical and skill sections for this achievement.  She now knows how to cook, knows all about the constellations,  and can play netball, hockey, badminton and rock climb! In addition she has undertaken expeditions for each award of increasing distance and time as these have gone on, developing her navigational and team building skills, as well as her resilience in completing these strenuous activities.

Head of the DofE programme for DLD, Houseparent Jan Haines comments,

“I am delighted to see Charlotte achieve her Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award – and to be the first Gold recipient through DLD’s three years as a Licensed Centre! Having gone through all three levels of the DofE award, Charlotte is a shining example of the type of skills and attributes the award can develop in young people. She has shown motivation and responsibility for every section and persistence and organisation in ensuring she saw them through to completion. It is a pleasure to congratulate her on an achievement well deserved!”

Charlotte will receive a choice of a Gold badge or brooch, and will now be invited to a Gold Award Presentation to receive her certificate in the presence of HRH The Earl of Wessex (Prince Edward) at a Royal palace.