Earl of Wessex visits Priory students at UTC to see them Showcase Duke of Edinburgh Award Skills


Priory students were involved in demonstrating their Duke of Edinburgh Award skills to HRH the Earl of Wessex at the end of April, who was in the city at UTC learning how Portsmouth students have been embracing opportunities to study for their bronze and silver Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Priory’s students met Prince Edward and showcased the skill of knitting for both pleasure and practicality! Year 10 student Finna De Greef ‘taught’ six of her peer group to knit, with a focus on making sleeves for dementia patients to wear in hospital to prevent tubes being pulled from arms when recovering from operations. The Prince was very interested in the skill and took part himself in the knitting master class.

George Dean, Geography teacher and Priory’s DofE lead, was on hand to talk to Prince Edward, alongside The Lord Mayor of Portsmouth and the High Sheriff about how many of the school’s Year 9, 10 and 11 students are now enjoying the leadership opportunities the award gives them. Priory School is now proud to be part of the Bohunt Education Trust whose support of learning outside the curriculum has enabled more and more teenagers to get involved in outdoor education opportunities.

Photograph shows Priory students Finna De Greef, Matt Sherren, Scarlett Thomas, Imogen Thomas, Will Wrixton, Max Lycett and Grace Breton in their knitting Master Class for Prince Edward.