Students at Hazel Grove High School may have endured months of lockdown along with the rest of us but that didn’t stop them achieving incredible things.

Not only did they continue learning and studying hard at home, students working towards their Duke of Edinburgh Award also racked up an impressive 182 hours of volunteering between them, helping others in the community.

Volunteering roles they carried out included helping older relatives with shopping and medicine collections, supporting vulnerable neighbours throughout the lockdown period and assisting the local Scouts and Girl Guides with various activities. This even included zoom meetings, where students engaged the young Beavers’ group with games to play around the house.

In addition, the DofE students also enjoyed 104 hours of skills activities and 143 hours of physical activities, using their extra time for personal development.

The Duke of Edinburgh Award is the world’s leading youth achievement award, with three progressive levels leading to the Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards.

By taking part in the programme young people are given the opportunity to develop skills such as communication, leadership and teamwork as well as building their confidence and resilience.

So very well done to all of our DofE students. You’ve excelled yourselves once again, going above and beyond to help others while building the foundations for your very bright futures.