Student and former student strike gold!

Trinity Academy at Thorne recently celebrated the achievements of one of its existing Sixth Form students and a former student of the school, both of whom have completed their Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award.

Year 13 student Lydia Pike and former student Ethan Green, who is now studying for a Masters in Chemical Engineering at the University of Sheffield, were congratulated in front of staff and students during a whole school assembly. They will also be invited to a Gold Award Presentation, attended by a Member of The Royal Family, to receive their certificate.

To complete their Gold Award, Ethan and Lydia (pictured) had to do many months’ worth of activities and volunteering that fitted into each of the five different themes or sections, which are helping the community/environment; becoming fitter; developing new skills; planning, training for and completing an expedition; and working with a team on a residential activity. As well as opting to learn to cook and getting fitter through climbing, Ethan volunteered as a swimming coach, did a four-day walk around the Three Peaks of Yorkshire and was involved in a residential trip to Zambia during his time in Year 12 at Trinity Academy.

Meanwhile, Lydia enjoyed hockey and learning to sew, as well as volunteering at a group for children under three years of age, and completing a four-day expedition in the North York Moors and a week-long work experience placement as a teaching assistant in Frankfurt, Germany. Lydia has a keen interest in medieval literature and hopes to go to the University of Cambridge to study English next year.

She said: “I’m looking forward to university and the freedom to explore the subject I enjoy at a higher level, with new people and new techniques. The best part of being in the Sixth Form here at Trinity Academy is the opportunities, such as enrichment and work experience, and the best part of doing the Duke of Edinburgh was learning new skills.”

Richard Mapletoft, Head of Law at Trinity Academy and the teacher who supervised Ethan and Lydia through their gold awards, said: “It was a real pleasure to be able to celebrate Lydia and Ethan’s wonderful achievement in front of the whole school, and it was also wonderful to welcome Ethan back into school and hear how much he’s enjoying his studies at University. They’re both fantastic role models for our younger students, with very bright futures ahead of them.”