Bolingbroke receives Royal recognition

Thursday 02 December 2021

We are thrilled to announce that Ms Davidson is one of a small group of people (100!) worldwide to be congratulated for their outstanding support for young people through The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

To mark International Volunteer Day on Sunday 5 December, Ms Davidson, DofE Leader at ARK Bolingbroke Academy has received Royal recognition for their exceptional dedication to supporting young people to do their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE).

Ms Davdison has run the DofE at ARK Bolingbroke Academy for 5 years, giving young people the chance to take on challenges, discover new skills and passions and develop their confidence, resilience and self-belief.

Ms Davidson is one of a small group of volunteers to receive a personal letter of commendation from HRH The Earl of Wessex – a DofE Trustee – and a special commemorative coin marking the life and legacy of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, the DofE’s patron. The coins have been donated by The Royal Mint.

The 50 coin recipients, including Ms Davidson, were selected to reflect some of the different roles, successes and activities on behalf of more than 45,000 people delivering DofE across the UK. Many have given decades to supporting young people, while others have gone above and beyond to make sure young people can continue their DofE despite personal challenges or the effects of the pandemic.

Ms Davdison said: It’s an absolute honour to receive this award in recognition of the work I have undertaken in the last seven years. Since joining Bolingbroke Academy, five years ago, I have set up the DofE and expanded year on year the pupil uptake. We now offer pupils the opportunity to undertake the DofE at Bronze, Silver and Gold levels. We have an outstanding completion rate that highlights the dedication that pupils and fellow members of staff have applied.

It’s been fantastic working with all the pupils aiding their skill development, self-confidence, resilience, community awareness and promoting a love of the outdoors.

During these really difficult times I was moved to receive a message from a pupil’s parent saying her child “hadn’t smiled, laughed or been so engaged in anything all year.” This really summed up why the DofE means so much to me. It offers pupils unique, interesting, engaging, motivating and life changing opportunities.

Of course none of this would have happened without the support and dedication of the many staff at Bolingbroke Academy who volunteered and shared the workload. However, the most important group are the pupils without whom none of this would have happened.