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Buckingham Palace visit for NSETC’s Duke of Edinburgh Coordinator

North Somerset Enterprise and Technology College has received recognition for its work running the Duke of Edinburgh Award at an event at Buckingham Palace.

A celebration to mark the 60th anniversary of the DofE Award took place at Buckingham Palace on Monday 16th May.

The DofE programme recognises young people for completing a series of self-improvement exercises including volunteering programmes and expeditions.

More than 1,000 young people were presented with their DofE awards at the event, from celebrities including Ben Cohen, Ronan Keating and Anna Friel alongside Prince Phillip and the Earl and Countess of Wessex.

NSETC Sciences Teacher and DofE coordinator, Ruth Sherrard, attended the celebration to collect a DofE plaque for the Weston-super-Mare school, which is currently based in Locking Road.

Miss Sherrard said: “The South West group were lucky enough to have Prince Philip as our Royal VIP. He was very interested in where the students had been for their expeditions and also asked teachers if organising it all took a lot of time.

“Our celebrity was Naga Munchetty from BBC Breakfast who talked to the group about getting into journalism, her favourite interviewees and what her first question would be to Donald Trump – which turned out to be about his hair.

“The weather was beautiful and we received a plaque for the school for running the DofE programme.”

NSETC - Ruth Sherrard with Naga Muchetty from BBC Breakfast