Horris Hill School, Visitor

In September 1888, 16 boys started to attend lessons at a new school in a house just south of Newbury, which had been established by Mr A.H. Evans, a Master from Winchester College.

The school quickly grew and soon established itself in the front rank of preparatory schools and this is where it remains today.

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Power 2, Patron

The charity runs a range of programmes to address the social exclusion of young people. The programmes are focused on inspiring young people to achieve the skills, qualifications and self-belief they need to succeed in school, work and life. This is delivered by introducing disadvantaged young people to the responsibility of caring for younger children.

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Royal Hospital School, Visitor

The Royal Hospital School was founded in 1712 to educate the sons of seafarers. Today it is an independent boarding and day school for nearly 700 pupils. Of the pupils, 220 are children or grandchildren of seafarers, of which 149 receive bursaries from School’s parent charity, Greenwich Hospital.

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The Cambridge Science Centre, Patron

The Cambridge Science Centre is an innovative hands-on science exhibition and activity space for families and schools. The Centre has a portable, modular and compact format, allowing it to set up and operated in schools and town centres. This is a very cost effective way to bring inspiring hands-on science out to communities which don’t normally have access to fun, local and very high-quality STEM enrichment activities. The Centre opened in February 2011, and the Duke became Patron of the Centre in 2014.

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The Duke of York Award for Technical Education

At a reception at St James’s Palace, The Duke of York, Patron of the Baker Dearing Educational Trust, presented The Duke of York Award for Technical Education (Gold) to 100 students from University Technical Colleges (UTCs).

Created in 2012, the Awards recognise the unique education UTC students enjoy. They have pursued highly technical subjects including engineering, health sciences, advanced manufacturing and computer science. To achieve a Gold Award students must have at least two weeks’ worth of work experience, have completed two projects with employer or university partners, and achieved good grades in technical subjects.

His Royal Highness is Patron of the Baker Dearing Educational Trust, which supports and promotes new and existing UTCs, which are secondary schools that combine technical, practical and academic learning.

74% of all Gold Award winners started either a higher form of education (degree at university), or started a higher form of apprenticeship (Level 4+).

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The Duke of York to become Patron of The Outward Bound Trust

Today it has been announced that The Duke of York will become Patron of the Outward Bound Trust, taking over from The Duke of Edinburgh who held the role since 1953.

The Outward Bound Trust was established in 1941 by Kurt Hahn, who also founded Gordonstoun School, where Their Royal Highnesses both attended. It was The Duke of Edinburgh’s active Patronage that was instrumental in the spreading the Outward Bound mission to more than 30 countries worldwide, helping over a million young people to participate in experiential outdoor learning programmes which develop character and instil self-belief and resilience.

The Duke of York has been a supporter of the Trust for a number of years, and 1999 he became Chair of the Board of Trustees. His Royal Highness chairs regular meetings with the Trustees and the Executive Team, and hosts a number of events to promote and support The Trust throughout the year.

In September 2012, The Duke led ‘The Descent of The Shard’ – an abseil from the top of Western Europe’s tallest building in support of The Outward Bound Trust and The Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund. His Royal Highness abseiled 820ft from the 87th floor to the 20th, alongside 39 others. The total raised from the event was in excess of £2.9 million.

On his appointment as Patron, The Duke of York said: “It is an enormous privilege to take up this appointment of Patron from my father, who has been a stalwart supporter of the Trust and its work since it was founded in 1941. I was interviewed by my father for a position on the board of Trustees before I was appointed and I knew from the outset his intent. I have thoroughly enjoyed the challenges and rewards of guiding the Trust these past few years and with the wise council and guidance from my father”.

It has also been announced that Princess Beatrice was elected to the Board of the Outward Bound Trust as a Trustee.

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The Duke of York Young Champion’s Trophy, Patron and Co-founder

The Duke of York Young Champion’s Trophy offers a unique opportunity for under 18-year-old champions from around the world to compete for the Trophy whilst experiencing the challenges of a top UK links course. Supported by the R&A and their national affiliated organisations, this event also endeavours to encourage the advancement of junior golf in both established and developing golfing countries

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Westminster Academy, Visitor

Our mission is ‘Education is Success’. This captures the sense of optimism and determination to succeed that permeates Westminster Academy. We aim to develop resilience in our students, and the ability to be tenacious in their quest to be the best that they can be in all aspects of their lives. We draw out their individual talents and celebrate their personal achievements and their individual contribution.

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