Education News | Rookwood School to offer Prince William Award to pupils | Andover & VillagesRookwood School is delighted to announce that it will be running the Pioneer-level of the Prince William Award for Years 2, 3 and 4 from September 2018, with a view to offering the award to other year groups the following year. The school is extremely proud to be the first and only independent school in Hampshire to offer this prestigious opportunity to its pupils.

The programme, delivered by the ex-Service personnel charity SkillForce, helps young people build confidence to empower them to “be their best”.

There are five key themes underpinning the programme –personal development, relationships, working together and community and environment. The award combines practical and reflective learning through classroom-based and outdoor activities to develop character, resilience, compassion, courage, teamwork and problem solving skills.

Established in 2004, SkillForce is a national education charity, leading the way in how character and resilience is taught and delivered in schools. His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge became the charity’s Royal Patron, when he officially launched the Prince William Award.

On launching the Award His Royal Highness commented “I believe that an individual’s academic success, wellbeing and mental health depends not only on traditional qualifications, but on nurturing non-academic attributes like self-confidence, discipline and determination.

“It is not enough that someone is good at English and maths if they cannot withstand the pressures that life throws up. The ability for a child to develop character, courage and resilience to overcome setbacks is something about which I care deeply.

“Over the years I have seen, time and again, how the development of personal skills puts a young person in better stead for education, future employment and for life.”

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