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Published on May 12, 2021

Level 3 Computing student, Avika Shah is on track to achieve her Gold Duke of Edinburgh award, having successfully achieved her Bronze and Silver awards.

The Duke of Edinburgh scheme was founded by the late Prince Philip back in the 1950s and has since inspired millions of young people to take part in the scheme.

Avika has had to undertake two expeditions in the Forest of Dean and, is expected to complete another later this year. She’s gained a great amount of confidence and learned lots of new skills that can be used in everyday life, including cooking, blogging, and Spanish.

Reflecting on her experience so far Avika said:

“Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) has given me a sense of accomplishment. Whilst I did not find the expeditions easy due to my disability, with the support of my expedition organisers, I managed to complete both the bronze and silver DofE with a lot of pride and satisfaction.”

Jenny Woolnough, Additional Learning Support Coordinator said:

“Avika is a most inspiring young lady who is determined to do her best in everything she does. She has a great sense of humour and is always smiling. Her achievements on the Duke of Edinburgh scheme are exemplary.”

Avika has also been featured on Sky News in a TV tribute discussion about the late Prince Philip, to talk about her experience on the scheme, you can watch the interview here.

Best of luck to Avika in achieving her Gold award!