Duchy Schools’ Competition

High schools across Lancashire have been invited to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by taking part in a competition masterminded by The Duchy of Lancaster.

The Diamond Jubilee year in 2012 will mark the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth’s reign – an achievement matched only by Britain’s longest reigning monarch, Queen Victoria who occupied the throne from 1837 to 1901.

As the reigning Sovereign, Queen Elizabeth is also the Duke of Lancaster, a hereditary title inherited by every King or Queen of England upon accession to the throne. The Duchy is a private landed estate with a portfolio of land and property assets across the country, and a particular concentration in the County Palatine and, of course, Lancashire. It also denotes the Monarch’s historic links and ‘special relationship’ with Lancaster and Lancashire as a whole.

In order to remind Lancashire’s young people of the history, role and remit of the Duke of Lancaster, secondary schools are invited to take part in an arts competition over the next twelve months. All pupils in Years 7 to 11 in the participating schools are encouraged to submit either a visual entry (eg. painting/collage/poster) or a written entry (eg. narrative/poem) on the common theme of ‘The Role of the Duke of Lancaster in Lancashire 2012’. Schools will then decide upon the best entries to be submitted to the Duchy adjudication panel.

Each participating school will receive a certification of participation presented by either the Lord Lieutenant or High Sheriff of Lancashire, and all winning entries will be exhibited at Lancaster Castle as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

Albany Science College, Clitheroe Royal Grammar School, Royal Lancaster Grammar School, Shuttleworth College, Sir John Thursby Community College, St Christopher’s CE High School and Tarleton High School have already confirmed their wish to participate in the competition.

“We are delighted that these seven schools have already taken up the challenge,” comments Paul Clarke CVO, CEO of The Duchy of Lancaster. “It is often said of The Duchy that our ‘head’ is in London, but our ‘heart’ is in Lancashire. This opportunity to explore the historic links between the Duke of Lancaster and the county of Lancashire is therefore particularly appealing, and we look forward to seeing just how these young people apply their creativity in their submissions.”

Anyone requiring further information on, or wishing to register for, the competition should contact Julie Townsend at The Duchy of Lancaster office (0207 269 1702) or email us at duchyschools@bpnorth.co.uk

Competition packs are expected to be sent out to schools before the start of the summer term.