Royal reception for former Hethersett Old Hall School students at Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards ceremony at Buckingham Palace

Girls from Hethersett Old Hall School at Buckingham Palace, from left, Tracey Derby, Alex Calton, Ol

Girls from Hethersett Old Hall School at Buckingham Palace, from left, Tracey Derby, Alex Calton, Olivia Burrows, Emily Matthews and Shannon Osborne. Picture: Courtesy HOHS - Credit: Archant

A group of five former students from Hethersett Old Hall School (HOHS) have attended a ceremony at Buckingham Palace to receive their gold Duke of Edinburgh's Awards.

Former HOHS upper sixth students Alex Calton, Emily Matthews, Shannon Osborne, Olivia Burrows and Tracey Derby were among 50 young people from Norfolk and Suffolk at the event.

They were presented with their awards by celebrity soprano singer Laura Wright, who performed at the opening ceremony of Prince Harry's inaugural Invictus Games.

Ms Wright, herself a gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award holder, shared some of her life experiences with the girls before they were visited by Prince Edward. HOHS was the first school in Norfolk to achieve the status of directly licensed centre for the Duke of Edinburgh awards.

Almost every senior HOHS student has undertaken the award in the past 14 years, and 406 students have achieved bronze, silver and gold awards.


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