A former Rydal Penrhos pupil has secured a significant milestone as part of a prestigious outdoor education programme.
Jessica Maudsley, who left the school last summer, has successfully completed her Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award after coming through the final stages of a strenuous assessment process.
The 18-year-old managed to secure the exceptional distinction under the expert guidance of programme co-ordinator Dr Jim Lewis to ensure she adds her name to the long list of success stories emanating from Rydal Penrhos.
In order to achieve the accolade, Jessica had to take part in gruelling expeditions under testing conditions along with other candidates, and she will now attend a ceremony at a royal venue later this year with other successful pupils from across the country to receive her award.
Jessica quickly established herself as a well-respected member of the Rydal Penrhos community after joining as a Lower Sixth Form pupil, and her influence was rewarded with a Prefect appointment for the 2017.18 academic year.
The departed Sixth Former is the latest in a long line of candidates that have secured Gold from Rydal Penrhos in recent years, with Jack Sissons, Katie Marsden, Jenny Johnson, Sara Owen, Becky Lawton and Mili Jayadeep all attaining the coveted feat.
Current Head Boy Nick Fiorita is another that has achieved the distinction and is also set for a visit to St James’ Palace for the formal ceremony.
Dr Lewis, said: “This is another excellent achievement for our programme and I would like to congratulate Jessica on reaching her Gold Award, which is something she can take an enormous amount of pride in.”