Leyton Sixth Form College was delighted to welcome HRH The Earl of Wessex to the college on Thursday 16th November as part his Royal Tour.

The event was a celebration of the college’s long standing Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards programme which has been running for 13 years, enabling over 1000 students to complete the award successfully. Leyton is the only educational establishment to have an ‘open’ licence, which means they can offer the award to any young person in the local community in Waltham Forest above the age of 14. The awards programme is also embedded in the college curriculum, acting as a study pathway alongside students’ academic courses.

Leyton Sixth Form College is committed to providing a high quality, enriching and empowering educational experience. Principal Gill Burbridge explained “we obviously want students to achieve the best possible results that they can but we also believe that education is so much more than the qualifications you leave with. This is why we continue to invest in providing a range of wider experiences and opportunities to complement, extend and enhance what happens in the classroom.

The Dof E award is an important element of this commitment to a broad and stimulating education and to a college community in which each person is valued and encouraged to achieve their full potential.”

HRH spent the morning talking to students, staff and community partners about the different elements of the programme and students’ achievements and experiences. Gill Burbridge stated, “HRH took time to speak extensively to our students. He asked about their current studies and future aspirations as well as their involvement with the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. He was relaxed and approachable and really made them feel at ease. He also encouraged students to move away from the traditional approach to the expedition element so it looks like we might have to offer horse riding, canoeing and cycling as well as walking in the future!”

For more information about the college's Duke of Edinburgh's Award programme see here