THERE were awards for all at Chester Cathedral.

Forty seven students from The Queen’s School, Chester received their bronze and silver Duke of Edinburgh Awards.

Former student Laura Whiteley received her gold award from Olympic athlete Linford Christie at a ceremony at St James’ Palace, London. Fellow gold award students Helen Jones and Louise Stride will attend the ceremony in the next few months.

The girls, aged between 15 and 18, had to complete a variety of tasks from four sections to attain their awards: service in the community, a skill or hobby, a physical activity and an expedition lasting two or three days, carrying all their equipment.

Headmistress Catherine Buckley said: “The girls all devoted a lot of time and effort into completing their award on top of all their school work and other commitments.”


BRONZE: Ghalia Khan, Georgina Laing, Natalie Murphy, Sophie Wilkinson, Mary Byrom, Abigail Packham, Harriet Kennedy, Sophie Baker, Rachel Frood, Rachael Lindsay, Stephanie Hill, Laura Whiteside, Elinor Mayes, Megan Barrow, Melissa Bates, Sophie Billingham, Cassandra Boffey, Nicola Canfield, Zara Fyfe, Victoria Kirby, Alice Little, Rebekah Pemberton, Emma Walker, Sarah Warburton, Katie Lodge, Yasmin Bakr, Jennifer Overton, Poppy MacKay, Emma Roberts, Jennifer Hardy, Rosemary Leech, Helen King, Frances Simpson.

SILVER: Harriet Kaufman, Joanna Gould, Hannah Donald, Laura Le Brocq, Rebecca Shears, Laura Hogg, Sarah Warburton, Emma Salisbury, Elizabeth Crow, Kate Bernie, Hannah Clark, Charlotte Meara, Mary Byrom, Catherine Barnard, Sophie Wilkinson, Emma Leyland, Georgina Laing, Helen King, Ming-May Chung, Jennifer Hardy.

GOLD: Louise Stride, Laura Whiteley, Helen Jones.