HRH The Earl of Wessex visited All-Aboard on 22nd February to meet with students participating in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. HRH started Katakanu races between four Special Educational Needs (SEN) schools; Warmley Park, Bay Tree, Ravenswood & Three Ways. HRH took time to talk to each school, and learnt about the adventures Warmley Park students had when they kayaked down the River Wye and camped over night in a nearby field as part of their expedition.
The Duke of Edinburgh Award is a charity which aims to inspire and transform young people’s lives through a programme of different levels of awards, where the young person is required to volunteer, participate in sport, and complete an expedition, for a certain time-scale. The Earl of Wessex has taken over responsibilities from his father, the Duke of Edinburgh, who founded the scheme.
Last year, All-Aboard become an Approved Activity Provider for the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. Thanks to funding from Quartet we were able to support eight Warmley Park students to learn kayaking over several weeks and then put their learnt skills to use during their two day expedition on the River Wye. The trip was led by our instructors Glyn Norris and Steve Holland who had a great time taking the team down the river. “It was a great day and a real achievement for the pupils”. The students said “it was fun” and explained that the “trees are magnets” when going down the rapids!
We are delighted that our Warmley Park students, the first SEN school we have worked with as a Duke of Edinburgh Scheme Activity Provider, gained the recognition of their tremendous achievement, dedication and courage from the Earl of Wessex. We are really proud of our students and look forward to working with other schools in the future!