Collyer’s Duke of Edinburgh students celebrate record success

October 11, 2017

A record 24 students from Collyer’s have successfully completed their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award Expedition.  This represents the highest number of students to have completed the award in one single year!  

James Gordon, Head of Faculty for Business, Sport and Social Sciences manages the Duke of Edinburgh programme at Collyer’s. He explained: “The award requires participants to learn new skills, provide a voluntary service to the local community and complete a residential for a week.

“The students undertook a training weekend in early October followed by a full practice expedition to Dartmoor during the Easter holidays.  A gruelling 4-day qualifying expedition in the Brecon Beacons was then successfully completed in the summer.”

In the Brecon Beacons the 4 groups covered some 50 miles over the 4 days climbing over some of the highest peaks in England and Wales. The expedition was led by James Gordon who was ably assisted by Melanie Kavanagh and John Burroughs.

James Gordon was delighted: “We are incredibly proud of these talented students. For 24 to be successful is quite simply a fantastic achievement! I’m particularly impressed with how these students managed to balance a demanding college life, part time work and the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award. Inspiring stuff!” 

John Burroughs added: “It was an honour to be involved in the Duke of Edinburgh challenge this year. These students are a credit to Collyer’s and West Sussex!”   

Collyer’s Assistant Principal Dan Lodge said: “Well done to everyone involved in this record-breaking year! These are exceptional students and we are incredibly proud of their success. Massive thanks to James Gordon, Melanie Kavanagh and John Burroughs for continuing Collyer’s first class participation in the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards.”