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Royal visitor the Earl of Wessex speaks to students from Springwood, Marshland, St Clement’s and Smithdon about DofE Awards

PUBLISHED: 10:14 12 October 2017 | UPDATED: 16:41 12 October 2017

HRH The Earl of Wessex visited Springwood High School to speak to students from four schools about their Duke of Edinbugh's Award. Picture: Julie Frost

HRH The Earl of Wessex visited Springwood High School to speak to students from four schools about their Duke of Edinbugh's Award. Picture: Julie Frost

Julie Frost

Pupils from four West Norfolk schools spoke to a Royal visitor about their achievements.

HRH The Earl of Wessex visited Springwood High School to speak to students from four schools about their Duke of Edinbugh's Award. Picture: Julie Frost HRH The Earl of Wessex visited Springwood High School to speak to students from four schools about their Duke of Edinbugh's Award. Picture: Julie Frost

The Earl of Wessex, trustee of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE), visited Springwood High School to speak to students from Springwood, Marshland, Smithdon and St Clements.

Founded by the Duke of Edinburgh in 1956, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is the world’s leading youth achievement programme that develops over 400,000 young people for life and work every year in the UK, including nearly 50,000 from disadvantaged backgrounds.

HRH The Earl of Wessex visited Springwood High School to speak to students from four schools about their Duke of Edinbugh's Award. Picture: Julie Frost HRH The Earl of Wessex visited Springwood High School to speak to students from four schools about their Duke of Edinbugh's Award. Picture: Julie Frost

The Earl has been committed to the charity’s work since achieving his own Gold Award in 1986.

Escorted by the Lord Lieutenant of Norfolk Richard Jewson and executive head Andy Johnson, he visited different stands throughout the school, depicting all sections of a DofE programme, including volunteering, skills, physical, expedition and residential.

HRH The Earl of Wessex visited Springwood High School to speak to students from four schools about their Duke of Edinbugh Award. Picture: Julie Frost HRH The Earl of Wessex visited Springwood High School to speak to students from four schools about their Duke of Edinbugh Award. Picture: Julie Frost

The Earl spoke to groups of Gold Award participants who have recently completed their expedition section in torrential rain in Yorkshire as well as some who have also completed their residential section.

DofE participants from Marshland and Smithdon high schools showcased expedition training and route planning, while the Earl was invited by Bronze participants to take part in a game of badminton as part of their physical section.

HRH The Earl of Wessex visited Springwood High School to speak to students from four schools about their Duke of Edinbugh's Award. Picture: Julie Frost HRH The Earl of Wessex visited Springwood High School to speak to students from four schools about their Duke of Edinbugh's Award. Picture: Julie Frost

St Clements High School participants showcased their volunteering whilst students from Alysham High School read out a poem and sung to HRH.

The Earl unveiled a licensed organisation plaque at Springwood and congratulated the school on becoming an organisation that is now licensed to run the DofE to its students.

HRH The Earl of Wessex visited Springwood High School to speak to students from four schools about their Duke of Edinbugh's Award. Picture: Julie Frost HRH The Earl of Wessex visited Springwood High School to speak to students from four schools about their Duke of Edinbugh's Award. Picture: Julie Frost

In his closing speech, he spoke about the way that gaining a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award ensures that any challenges of the future can be overcome.

Mr Johnson concluded the afternoon by thanking the volunteers and the DofE Manager, Pauline Petch for their time in making the DofE such a success for the students across the trust.

HRH The Earl of Wessex visited Springwood High School to speak to students from four schools about their Duke of Edinbugh's Award. Picture: Julie Frost HRH The Earl of Wessex visited Springwood High School to speak to students from four schools about their Duke of Edinbugh's Award. Picture: Julie Frost

There are three progressive levels of a DofE programme which, when completed, leads to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, participants choose their own programme of activities and set themselves objectives.

HRH The Earl of Wessex visited Springwood High School to speak to students from four schools about their Duke of Edinbugh's Award. Picture: Julie Frost HRH The Earl of Wessex visited Springwood High School to speak to students from four schools about their Duke of Edinbugh's Award. Picture: Julie Frost

HRH The Earl of Wessex visited Springwood High School to speak to students from four schools about their Duke of Edinbugh's Award. Picture: Julie Frost HRH The Earl of Wessex visited Springwood High School to speak to students from four schools about their Duke of Edinbugh's Award. Picture: Julie Frost

HRH The Earl of Wessex visited Springwood High School to speak to students from four schools about their Duke of Edinbugh's Award. Picture: Julie Frost HRH The Earl of Wessex visited Springwood High School to speak to students from four schools about their Duke of Edinbugh's Award. Picture: Julie Frost

HRH The Earl of Wessex visited Springwood High School to speak to students from four schools about their Duke of Edinbugh's Award. Picture: Julie Frost HRH The Earl of Wessex visited Springwood High School to speak to students from four schools about their Duke of Edinbugh's Award. Picture: Julie Frost

HRH The Earl of Wessex visited Springwood High School to speak to students from four schools about their Duke of Edinbugh's Award. Picture: Julie Frost HRH The Earl of Wessex visited Springwood High School to speak to students from four schools about their Duke of Edinbugh's Award. Picture: Julie Frost

HRH The Earl of Wessex visited Springwood High School to speak to students from four schools about their Duke of Edinbugh's Award. Picture: Julie Frost HRH The Earl of Wessex visited Springwood High School to speak to students from four schools about their Duke of Edinbugh's Award. Picture: Julie Frost

HRH The Earl of Wessex visited Springwood High School to speak to students from four schools about their Duke of Edinbugh's Award. Picture: Julie Frost HRH The Earl of Wessex visited Springwood High School to speak to students from four schools about their Duke of Edinbugh's Award. Picture: Julie Frost

HRH The Earl of Wessex visited Springwood High School to speak to students from four schools about their Duke of Edinbugh's Award. Picture: Julie Frost HRH The Earl of Wessex visited Springwood High School to speak to students from four schools about their Duke of Edinbugh's Award. Picture: Julie Frost

HRH The Earl of Wessex visited Springwood High School to speak to students from four schools about their Duke of Edinbugh's Award. Picture: Julie Frost HRH The Earl of Wessex visited Springwood High School to speak to students from four schools about their Duke of Edinbugh's Award. Picture: Julie Frost

HRH The Earl of Wessex visited Springwood High School to speak to students from four schools about their Duke of Edinbugh's Award. Picture: Julie Frost HRH The Earl of Wessex visited Springwood High School to speak to students from four schools about their Duke of Edinbugh's Award. Picture: Julie Frost

HRH The Earl of Wessex visited Springwood High School to speak to students from four schools about their Duke of Edinbugh's Award. Picture: Julie Frost HRH The Earl of Wessex visited Springwood High School to speak to students from four schools about their Duke of Edinbugh's Award. Picture: Julie Frost

HRH The Earl of Wessex visited Springwood High School to speak to students from four schools about their Duke of Edinbugh's Award. Picture: Julie Frost HRH The Earl of Wessex visited Springwood High School to speak to students from four schools about their Duke of Edinbugh's Award. Picture: Julie Frost

HRH The Earl of Wessex visited Springwood High School to speak to students from four schools about their Duke of Edinbugh's Award. Picture: Julie Frost HRH The Earl of Wessex visited Springwood High School to speak to students from four schools about their Duke of Edinbugh's Award. Picture: Julie Frost

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