FOUR Pembroke School students have successfully completed their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards.

They are the first group to complete the award from the LRC (Autism Centre) having been supported by Pembrokeshire County Council’s Youth Service and staff from the secondary school.

Under the DoE scheme, Jamie Bailey, Ieuan Briskham, Daniel Lock and Jack Kidby completed four sections under the headings of volunteering;skill; physical and expedition.

After learning new skills- including map reading, first aid and using camping equipment - they planned and walked a route from St Brides to Nolton where they camped overnight.

The following day they walked from Nolton to Haverfordwest to complete their expedition - despite blisters and tired legs.

Tim Ramsey, county council community youth worker, said the group had been a pleasure to support through the awards journey.

He added: “These young people find it more difficult than most to be outside of their comfort zones and have done extremely well to achieve the award.”

Two of the group are already looking forward to starting their Silver Awards.

Gemma Evans, Alternative Curriculum Coordinator at the LRC said everyone was very proud of the students who had overcome their anxieties to achieve their bronze awards.

She went on: “This was a fantastic opportunity for pupils to apply a variety of academic and life skills enabling them share such an accomplishment.

“Their achievements have already inspired more of our students to take on the challenge of the Bronze award.

“The Duke of Edinburgh Award is a fantastic scheme which recognises the effort and skills of young people outside of the classroom, allowing young people to demonstrate their achievement when they may not necessarily excel academically.”