Gryphon School student receives Diana award

Heather Yeadon in Rwanda

A Year 13 student at The Gryphon School has been honoured with a prestigious Diana Award. This is a national award that celebrates the best in young people and recognises those who act as a force for good for schools, families and communities. The Diana Award was establilshed in 1999 as a lasting legacy to Diana, Princess of Wales’ belief that young people have the power to change the world. Now one of our students has been selected through a very rigorous process which ensures the awards go to inspirational young people.

Heather Yeadon received the award for being a Diana Champion Volunteer. She was nominated by the School for her work as a mentor for younger students and her volunteering at a wide range of children’s groups including Brownies, the Youth Centre in Sherborne and the Sunday School at St Paul’s in the town. Heather also helped organise a Sixth Form trip to Rwanda with the Dorset based charity Msaada. Since returning Heather has worked tirelessly as a Msaada ambassador raising awareness of the work the charity does helping rebuild the lives of the people of Rwanda following the 1994 genocide.

Congratulations to Heather, we are extremely proud of her. Heather is hoping to study Creative Expressive Therapies at the University of Derby. The course teaches using Art as a terapeutic technique with patients, something for which Heather’s skills are perfect.

This is the second time a Gryphon student has received a Diana Award. In 2009 Luka Babiy, who was 18 at the time, was honoured for her work for the School community.

Once Award Holders receive the award they join the Diana Network, a programme offering young people the opportunity to volunteer, gain valuable life sills and put these into practice with internships and work placements in the UK.


Jane Tutton, Director of Sixth Form


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