DofE Gold Award – Leanne Andrews


Leanne Andrews, a former student at Torpoint Community College (TCC) (pictured below with Mrs Trotter the DofE Manager at TCC), met with the Duke of Edinburgh at St James Palace on 18th November to receive her Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.  The Gold Award Presentation (GAP) is a unique event and a fitting culmination to mark the hard work, determination and perseverance required to achieve this level of the Award.


Leanne is Torpoint’s first Gold Award achiever and one of only 35% who actually participate at this level, to go on and achieve the Award.

Leanne has worked tirelessly over the last 2 years, whilst still at the College and studying for exams, taking part in activities such as volunteering for her local Youth Club in Torpoint, being a crew member in the Tall Ships Race and more recently, completing a 4 day expedition in the Brecon Beacons.  What makes Leanne even more special is that she raised all of the funds herself to be able to take part in these events, no easy task!

The experiences that Leanne has gained by doing her DofE will have a lasting impact on her life and will have adapted her with great skills needed for life.  Leanne is now starting her second year at Winchester University and we know that she will shine in whatever path she wishes to take.

As Leanne has achieved so much and worked so hard, she was also given a unique experience by the local MP, Sheryll Murray.  Sheryll gave Leanne and her mother a guided tour around Parliament prior to the Award Ceremony – what a day for her to remember!


The College and the whole of Torpoint are extremely proud of Leanne – a huge well done from us all!