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The Prince William Award

The Prince William Award at Cottesmore Academy


Since its inception, SkillForce has helped tens of thousands of young people turn their lives around and, through doing so, realise their potential and become responsible citizens.

The Prince William Award is designed to help young people build their character, resilience and confidence to empower them to “be their best”.

At the heart of this aspiration are brilliant instructors, the majority of whom have served their country in the British Armed Forces. Stuart Rowles is Cottesmore Academy's own Skillforce hero. Stuart served in the British Army and was, at one point in his career, posted to Kendrew Barracks as a serving officer. 

These ‘heroes in schools’ embody the Service values and understand the importance of teamwork, resilience and self-discipline. They are the complementary role models that many children need working alongside their teachers.

Stuart comes into school for an afternoon a week for around 36 weeks to offer a structured curriculum featuring facilitated workshops and community projects, with lots of opportunity for reflection. This gives students the chance to embed knowledge and behaviours through experience.

His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge KG KT became the charity’s Royal Patron in 2009.  Skillforce greatly value their royal patronage for the recognition and endorsement it confers upon their work.