A trip to the palace for boys

Andy Halladay (DofE expedition supervisor and proud father), LRGS student Henry Halladay (Gold DofE Award holder) and Tom Matthew (LRGS DofE coordinator) outside St James's Palace.
Andy Halladay (DofE expedition supervisor and proud father), LRGS student Henry Halladay (Gold DofE Award holder) and Tom Matthew (LRGS DofE coordinator) outside St James's Palace.

Prince Philip congratulated Lancaster Royal Grammar School Sixth Form students Joe Atkinson and Henry Halladay on gaining their Gold Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) Awards at St James’s Palace.

The pair, along with Kyle Wong, Priyav Shah and Kieran Jandu, who recently left the school, were then presented with their awards by journalist and political aide, Alastair Campbell.

DofE coordinator at LRGS, Tom Matthew, who was a marshall at the event, said: ‘It was a privilege to see these outstanding boys getting such high recognition for achieving this award.

“Achieving a DofE award takes a special blend of skill, organisation, reliability and determination. This is why employers regard a DofE Award (especially a Gold Award) more highly than involvement with any other extra-curricular activity (according to a major survey which focused on the methods major employers use for selection of new employees).”