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'Extreme hard work' pays off for Duchy's 2013 agricultural students

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: July 03, 2013

  • Guest speaker Bronwen Hewitt. Below presenting awards to students, from left, Hayden Simpson, Laura Sharland, Charles Davies and Kieran Flynn

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Time spent at Duchy College will have given its students an excellent foundation for their working lives.

Skills they learned at the college could be adapted to suit whatever they were doing with their careers, said Bronwen Hewett, chief executive of the Dame Hannah Rogers Trust, who was the guest speaker at the college's prize day at Stoke Climsland.

"But remember – it's people who change the world, not organisations," she added. "And you never stop learning, both formally and informally."

What advice would she give to young people setting out on their careers? Drop all cynicism, don't be intimidated, and always be excited by a good idea, she said.

Mrs Hewett, who was responsible for her charity's move to the former Seale Hayne College premises, said she had been struck by the "incredible hard work undertaken at Duchy College, and the very special atmosphere" while working in a partnership between the two organisations.

"Duchy College values what it does and it values its people," she added.

College principal Andrew Counsell told his audience that 90% of students went on to "positive destinations" and there was an 85% success rate, putting the college in the top flight.

He thanked the businesses that worked in partnership with the college and spoke of the challenges posed by Government funding.

He paid tribute to the college's Rural Business School and its head of department, Richard Soffe. The Healthy Livestock project run by the school had been an enormous success, worth £24 million to the region's agriculture. Meanwhile the range of courses offered by Duchy College continued to grow, he said. There were even eight students in Poland in September, working on large farms there.


College Level 1 Diploma in Land-Based Studies Zak Harris, Elliott Jackson, Samantha Johns, Andrew Parkyn, Ryan Webber, Paul Chadfield, Anna Davis, Kerrie Frost, Paige Lavers, Corey Leach, Christopher Palfrey, Callum Sefton, Nicholas Stansfield, Max Leitch, Daniel Moore.

Level 1 Diploma in Practical Horticultural Skills Bradley Crayton. Philp Shield for Top Student, Callum Sefton.

College Level 2 Diploma in Agriculture Benjamin Curtis, Steven Damerell, Kieran Flynn, Carla Greenaway, Joshua Harris, Jai Prichard, Christopher Sherwood, Martin Thompson, Michael Tidmarsh.

Plate for Top Student Kieran Flynn.

College Level 3 Extended Diploma in Agriculture David Broad, Amber Buckpitt, Charles Davies, Jade Rendle, Ryan Renfree, Hayden Simpton, William Watson, James Brock, Martin Budden, Thomas Cobbledick, Edward Foster, George Foster, Simon Grigg, Caitlin Hancock, George Houlford, Jacob Kerkin, Alexander Kingston, Harry Lobb, Edward Martyn, Samantha Sleep, Karen Stacey, Thomas Bunt, Michael Champion, Benjamin Crabb, Thomas Huxtable, Ashley Perry, Ryan Simmons, Adam Steer.

Subsidiary Diploma Sam Becklake, Mark Peters, Stephen Barriball, Maria Clark, Joseph Cornelius, Liam Dixon, Kate Hand, George Nancekivell, Elliott Rowe, Thomas Bradford, Lucie Luscombe, Liam Margetts, Ryan Reeve.

Maunder Cup for Top Student Charles Davies.

Kitto Cup for Top Student on the First Year Laura Sharland.

Bray Shield for Best Overall Full Time Student Hayden Simpson.

Worshipful Company of Farmers HE Award Matthew Dymond.


UKF Agriculture Shield for Top Apprentice in Agriculture Ryan Bigmore.


Top Student on the First Year Ryan Adams.

Top Student on the Course Grace Kempthorne.

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