Denbigh High School has been licensed for the prestigious Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
The charity – started by the Duke in 1956 – gives young people aged 14-24 the chance fulfil their potential and have a brighter future by developing their skills for life and work.
Students have to complete a programme of activites in four or five sections.
These include helping their community or environment, becoming fitter, and planning, training for and carrying out an expedition.
Once these have been successfully accomplished, there are three successive levels which lead to bronze, silver or gold awards.
Youngsters who achieve the coveted citations are sought after by employers and universities alike.
Denbigh has been involved with the DofE award for about five years and so far students have taken part in bronze and silver DofE expeditions.
But now the school itself is licensed, they can offer the various programmes without supervision from local authorities.
Staff mounted an exciting expedition of their own when they went to St James Palace to receive the licence.
Specialist leader for PE and sport – and now DofE manager – Andy Smith said: “ It was an honour visiting the Palace to collect the award on behalf of the school.
“It recognises all the hard work put in by staff and pupils to make the DofE expeditions such a great success.”
There is a code of conduct for all young people who sign up for the award,
This includes treating everyone with respect – regardless of gender, ethnicity, disability, sexuality or religious beliefs.
They are also expected to act as good role models, behave appropriately, not get involved in bullying and think carefully about the consequences of their actions.