Student Visits Buckingham Palace

Cherri Noel, Y9, was lucky enough to enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime visit to Buckingham Palace for the launch of Prince Charles’s Step Up To Serve campaign yesterday.

Hosted by the prince and attended by David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband, the event saw all three major political party leaders pledge their support for the initiative.

The campaign aims to see the number of young people engaging in activities to help their local communities doubled to over 50% by 2020.

Cherri was one of more than 50 young people invited to the event in recognition of their services to others.

Following a picture with Prince Charles, David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband on the stairs of Buckingham Palace, Cherri was chosen to join them on stage as they delivered their speeches.

Cherri said: “It was a great experience and I felt very privileged to be there to meet Prince Charles and support such an exciting project.I also spoke with David Cameron and Ed Miliband. The prime minister said that he was very impressed with my school.”

A member of her local church, Cherri has volunteered at a care home for the elderly, helped clean the Thames of litter and even donated her pocket money to the Philippines Typhoon Appeal.

She also took part in a sponsored row during last year’s Charity Week to raise money for the school’s sixth form trip to India, where students spent a week teaching children with physical disabilities.

The visit was an unbelievable experience that will live long in the memories of both Cherri and Mr Cooke.

Mr Cooke said: “Cherri was an absolute credit to the school and is a fantastic ambassador for everything that this project stands for.”