Actress Anna Friel presented a school with a plaque to commemorate the success of its Duke of Edinburgh’s Award programme.
Bedford Modern School’s head Michael Hall, and DofE manager Sarah Sanctuary were handed the plaque at a Buckingham Palace garden party.
The occasion formed part of the DofE Award’s 60th anniversary celebrations, and was attended by The Duke of Edinburgh alongside numerous celebrities.
Many Bedford Modern students over the years have completed the award, and today it has 231 students actively involved with the charity.
Sarah said: “It’s always a huge honour to be invited to such occasions. To be involved with this worthwhile charity is incredibly rewarding; both students and staff develop extremely valuable skills on this journey.
“I look forward to seeing more of our students receiving their DofE award in the near future.”
Michael added: “It was tremendous to see the array of schools and colleges who take part in the DofE scheme. Whilst the awards are challenging to achieve, I very much support the ethos of service and outreach as well as the appreciation of the outdoors and other skill developments.”
The school had the opportunity to present Anna with a fabric BMS emblem badge which all DofE schools in the Central Region have gifted to the charity.
The badge will contribute to the creation of a special collage to commemorate this year’s celebrations.