Warwickshire Girls Triumph At Duke of Edinburgh Awards

23 pupils from Leamington's all-girl Kingsley School achieved gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards.

Online PR News – 18-June-2010 – – Twenty three upper sixth formers at The Kingsley School, Leamington Spa who pushed themselves to the limit – physically and emotionally- have been rewarded for their determination by achieving gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards.

Organiser of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme at the independent girls’ school, Terry Palliser – an Army and Police Service trainer and former Olympic cross-country skier – said of their achievement:

“They persevered better than any military or police groups I have worked with in the past and they deserve their success.”

The girls – who leave the school after taking their A Level exams this summer – are the last group that Terry and his wife Shirley will mentor through the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme as they are retiring from the role after a 20 year association with the school.

Mrs Palliser said: “All the girls we have dealt with are a credit to the school. There has always been a mutual trust and respect between us and them, which reflects extremely well on the education they receive at Kingsley.”

One of the tasks the girls had to complete to achieve their Gold Award was a four day, 80 kilometre expedition in the Lake District carrying ruck-sacks weighing a third of their body weight.

Mr Palliser described the weather conditions when they did this as “the worst we have ever experienced.” He said: “It was so windy and cold that you couldn’t talk”.

However, the girls were determined to complete the task and felt a great sense of achievement when they did.

One of the Gold Award winners Natasha Stokes summed up the feeling of the entire group saying: “Those days were probably the hardest I have ever experienced, reducing normally strong people to tears, but without a doubt I would do it again. I will never forget it.”

Mr and Mrs Palliser joined the Gold Award winners on their last day in school before exams start for a celebration of their achievement.