A TEENAGER from Wellington has achieved the coveted Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Sophie Langdon, 17, completed a personal programme of activities in five different disciplines; volunteering, physical, skills, expedition and a residential.

The Gold Award is difficult to achieve as it is a challenging experience which requires dedication, stamina and ingenuity.

Sophie, head girl at Wellington School, said: “The whole experience was very demanding but hugely enjoyable.

"I was involved in many different challenges, ranging from playing the clarinet in the Corps of Drums and playing hockey for the West of England squad, to an expedition in the Brecon Beacons.”

Sophie also gained a level three award from the Institute of Leadership and Management for one element of the programme.

She will travel to London to be presented with her award at St James’ Palace.