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Remembering HRH Prince Philip with thanks

It was with great sadness for all of us to hear of the passing of HRH Prince Philip. He had strong connections with the School and left behind a legacy, the DofE scheme from which so many of our pupils benefitted. Prince Philip visited the Girls' School in 1959, a proud day for the girls who were working for his Award. He then visited again in 2004  for the opening of the Knox-Johnston Sports Centre.

The Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme was started at Berkhamsted School by Colin McDougall in 1958 and continues to be very much a part of the School . The first Bronze expedition - Tring Hill, the first Silver - CCF march to camp, the first Gold - Derbyshire Peaks. The first Gold award recipients were Ken Tipton and Keith Goddard (both Adders).

Keith Goddard and Rosie King have written the stories of their DofE adventures.  To read them click on the links below:  

Keith Goddard

Rosie King

We would love to hear your stories of  DofE camps and expeditions. Feel free to send them to us, photos also welcome, to


1959, visiting the Girls' School (full article available to read in the Archive section of the website, Girls' Chronicle, 1959,  page 19). 



2004  for the opening of the Knox-Johnston Sports Centre




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