Bedminster Down School

Duke of Edinburgh 2014

Royal date for Bedminster Down


Bedminster Down School will collect their official Duke of Edinburgh accreditation and a gold award for teacher Abbie Burrell at St James’s Palace tomorrow (Wednesday 26 November).

Bedminster Down takes 30 pupils a year through the award scheme and has now successfully become a centre that other schools, colleges and youth clubs can use for their young people to gain the award.

 French teacher Abbie Burrell will be collecting her gold award from HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, which she achieved over five years while at college and university.  Her diverse activities to achieve the highest award possible included learning the guitar, leading a Brownie camp, hiking over Dartmoor and improving her swimming.

Throughout her DofE Abbie was able to prove her leadership, team and determination and hopes to inspire more young people to take part through her role at Bedminster Down.

Abbie Burrell commented:

“I’m so glad I stuck to the programme and the day has arrived when I collect my gold award.  It really helps that you are able to pick up bits of the scheme to complete over a number of years.

“Learning new skillsand developing my resilience and determination will help me in my teaching career, and I’m looking forward to encouraging more Bedminster Down students to take part and showing them that they can do the same.”

Headteacher Gary Schlick said:

“We’re very proud of getting several students a year through the challenging stages of the Duke of Edinburgh Award.  Now we have formal centre accreditation we can guide more young people from south Bristol communities towards achieving the standards that will help them stand out for future employers.”

Picture from last years DofE Expedition