Hackney Resident Awarded Top Scouting Honour

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By News_Reporter | Tuesday, August 05, 2014, 10:16

Portland Place School pupil and Hackney resident Lucy Mitchell (18) has been presented with the Queen's Scout Award by The Duke of Kent, Prince Edward at Windsor Castle for her outstanding services to the Scouts.

This much coveted award represents the highest recognition within the Scouting Association, and to celebrate her achievements , Lucy was rewarded with a once in a lifetime opportunity to take part in the Queen's Scout Award Parade during which she personally met with Prince Edward. Lucy also had the opportunity to meet the highly acclaimed adventurer and author Chief Scout Bear Grylls.

At the ceremony Lucy joined fellow award winners, to enjoy the Queen's Guard marching band and all the festivities held at the iconic royal building, before attending a stunning celebration service at St George's Chapel.

The Portland Place School pupil, who is coming to the end of her A-levels in Graphic Design and Photography, commented: "It was the proudest day of my life, having the honour to meet Prince Edward who took a keen interest in my journey in securing such a prestigious award. And to top off a perfect day, I also met with Chief Scout, Bear Grylls who was very friendly. It is certainly a day I will never forget.

"Having my family in attendance helped make for a perfect day. It was a real family affair as it was my parents who introduced me to the organisation at the age of six, and have since been heavily involved.  My older brother was also a Scout. 

"My school has been so supportive, I am sad to be coming to the end of my studies, but I am going to pursue my dream of becoming a teaching assistant and continue pledging my time to the Scouts."

Portland Place School Headmaster Tim Cook said: "As a school we take great pride in encouraging our pupils in their out of school pursuits, and everyone at Portland Place School is remarkably proud of Lucy's admirable achievements. We will be sad to see her leave the school this summer but we wish her the best of luck in her future accomplishments."

Portland Place School is a leading independent co-education school for children aged 9-18, located directly in the heart of the City of Westminster.

For more information on the school visit www.portland-place.co.uk or call 020 7307 8700.



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