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Childwall students meet royalty and are filmed for Countryfile!

During the school’s visit to the Peak District on a Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme to complete the Silver Award practice, our pupils were given the opportunity to take part in the filming of an episode for BBC One Country File. The programme filmed the group all day, with interviews by Helen Skelton and the team. Our students were complimented by the film crew on their openness and sheer determination to complete a thirty mile walk over three days.

Not only were the group filmed by the BBC, they were also interviewed by the National Trust magazine who were out covering the visit to the area by HRH the Earl of Wessex; Prince Edward. As a group, this was a real surprise to us and a real honour to be singled out from the whole country to take party in such a rare experience. The students excelled themselves and they received many positive comments on their politeness and appreciative attitude of the surrounding area.

Later that day, several groups had the opportunity to meet the Earl of Wessex on the walk where he talked to the group and had photographs taken with Childwall students.

As a group leader, I am exceptionally proud of the Year 10 students as they displayed sheer commitment to completing the walk; this was made more difficult with the carrying of heavy equipment in hot temperatures and navigating independently across tough terrain.

I am sure that the students involved will never forget the unique experience of meeting such a prestigious member of royalty, the experience of being filmed by the crew members of the BBC and the experience of walking in an area of stunning natural beauty.

- by Mr Cheetham; Duke of Edinburgh Co-ordinator

Prince Edward
Countryfile's Helen Skelton